Woman denied rights as parent in same sex divorce

June 27, 2016 0 comments

family law

A divorced woman cannot make parental decisions about her former wife’s daughter, a judge has ruled. The couple married in Washington DC in 2014 before buying a home in Knoxville, the third largest city in Tennessee. Shortly afterwards, they decided to have a child through artificial insemination. Their daughter was born in January 2015 but…

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An amicable divorce

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June 27, 2016 1 comment

mediation, family law

“It’s not an amicable divorce, but it was not exactly a tight love affair anyway.” So said European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker the other day, with a hint of grim humour. But what does it take to achieve an amicable divorce, and is such a thing even possible? I’m not sure it is, and obviously…

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Southern state tops the Indian divorce league

June 26, 2016 0 comments

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The southern Indian state of Kerala has the country’s highest known divorce rate. Located in the far south of the country on the coast of the Arabian Sea, Kerala is a prosperous region nicknamed the ‘Spice Garden of India’. It is one of only 12 states – there are 29 altogether – that record divorce…

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Divorced mother fails to overturn boyfriend ban

June 24, 2016 2 comments

family law

A Michigan woman has failed to overturn a court order banning her boyfriend from spending time with her children. The ban was put in place as a condition of the 31 year-old mother’s divorce. Her new partner had been convicted for ‘second-degree criminal sexual conduct’ in 1994. He will remain on the sex offenders’ register…

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‘Conflicting out’ in big money divorce cases

June 21, 2016 0 comments

family law

‘Conflicting out’ to stop a lawyer acting against you in a case, is, to put it frankly, a dirty trick. When a married couple separates emotions are often running high and there can be a lot of anger between two people who once adored each other. Animosity can linger and so can fear of what…

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Divorce fee increase is ‘unjustified’

June 20, 2016 1 comment

family law

The recent rise in court fees for divorce cases is “unjustified”, MPs have claimed. In a Justice Select Committee report, the group criticised the government for “superficial” increases in fees without evidence to back up their decisions. The price of a divorce in court was £410 until March, when it was increased to £550. This…

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Couple goes bankrupt in 10-year divorce dispute

June 16, 2016 1 comment

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An Australian couple have bankrupted themselves during a decade-long divorce dispute. Since their 2006 split, the couple from the western city of Brisbane have spent more than AU $1 million on legal costs. In order to continue funding their bitter dispute, the 53 year-old wife borrowed $700,000 on a loan taken out against the couple’s…

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Indian men join opposition to instant divorce

June 14, 2016 2 comments

India, family law

More than 200 Indian men have pledged their support for the abolition of the instant divorce. Muslim men in the country can bring their marriages to an end very easily. They simply have to say “talaq” (I divorce you) three times. Traditionally this is done on three separate occasions. However, some men say the word…

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