Health care reform reduces US divorces?

February 19, 2017 0 comments

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One of President Obama’s signature pieces of legislation could be responsible for a drop in the number of divorces. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), dubbed ‘Obamacare’ by its detractors, has apparently contributed to a reduction in what is known as ‘medical divorce’. When someone in the United States develops a serious illness, treatment can be…

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Cafcass figures, divorce nonsense and more

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February 17, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for January 2017, and the upward trend has returned. In that month the service received a total of 1,119 care applications, which is a 7 per cent increase…

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A rare defended divorce has its day in court

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February 16, 2017 3 comments

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Update: some of our readers may have seen the original version of this post. That was partly based on information we received late on Wednesday from an apparently reputable source which nevertheless turned out to be incorrect. Our apologies for any confusion caused. After a relatively quiet start to 2017, some interesting family law cases…

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Wife appeals ‘extraordinary’ divorce refusal

February 14, 2017 0 comments

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A 65 year-old woman has appealed a Judge’s refusal to grant her a divorce. The refusal followed a hearing at a family court in Oxford. She had petitioned to divorce her 78 year-old husband after 39 years together, saying he had indulged in unreasonable behaviour and the relationship had irretrievably broken down. But he resisted,…

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French man blames Uber for divorce

February 10, 2017 1 comment

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A French man has blamed taxi app Uber for the breakdown of his marriage. The businessman from the French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur, in the southeast of the country borrowed his wife’s iPhone and briefly logged into the app.  Although he then logged out, his wife reportedly kept receiving notifications on her phone about his…

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Liabilities are human beings: needs in divorce

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February 9, 2017 8 comments

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The story of the 50 year-old Surrey man who was supposedly told by the Court of Appeal earlier this week that he must support his ex-wife ‘for life’ generated predictable controversy and headlines. The couple had married in 1988 and eventually went their separate ways 15 years ago. In their divorce she received a significant…

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Divorcée criticises media coverage of pay-out

February 9, 2017 17 comments

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A woman whose divorce settlement was increased 15 years after her marriage ended has hit out at the coverage of her case in the media. The 51 year-old has claimed that since the Court of Appeal ruled that her ex-husband should support her for life, she has become the victim of an online hate campaign….

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British woman wins French divorce appeal

February 7, 2017 2 comments

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A British woman who lost the care of her son to his father in a Dubai ruling has won her appeal in France. In 2014, a Sharia court in Dubai ordered a divorce between her and her now ex-husband, also awarding him sole care of their child. The ruling was based on grounds that would…

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