Catholics reject Church doctrine on divorce

July 4, 2015 0 comments

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A significant proportion of Catholics reject Church doctrine on divorce, remarriage and cohabitation according to a newly published study. Campaign group A Call To Action polled a reportedly representative sample of 342 Catholics, some ordained, on their attitudes to Church teachings on family issues. No less than 88 per cent of the respondents said they…

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China’s divorce rate continues to rise

July 1, 2015 0 comments

China, family law

The divorce rate in China has risen for the twelfth year in a row, official figures have revealed. The Ministry of Civil Affairs recently reported that 3.63 million couples brought their marriage to an end last year. This is more than the total number of marriages which took place in the United States and United…

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‘Divorce is sometimes necessary’ Pope declares

June 25, 2015 0 comments

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Pope Francis has signalled a shift from longstanding Catholic doctrine by declaring that divorce is sometimes “morally necessary”. During an address in St Peter’s Square earlier this week, the 78 year-old Pontiff told the watching crowds that divorce could save vulnerable spouses and children from abusive relationships. He declared: “There are cases in which separation…

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The pros and cons of divorce centres by Julian Hawkhead

June 23, 2015 0 comments

Family Law, divorce

Starting next month, HM Courts and Tribunals Service’s official rollout of eleven new ‘divorce centres’ around the country will begin. In practice, however, most of these centres have been operating across the country over the last year. These centres will endeavour to streamline the process of divorce. They will be staffed by legal advisors and…

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Texas couple’s divorce upheld despite gay marriage ban

June 22, 2015 2 comments

Family Law

The Texas Supreme Court has upheld the divorce of a same sex couple in state capital Austin. Although the state has a constitutional ban on gay marriage and refuses to recognise such couples, the court allowed the couple’s divorce to stand in a 5-3 decision. Angelique Naylor and Sabina Daly married in the North-eastern state…

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NZ timber magnate divorce heads for Supreme Court

June 21, 2015 0 comments

family law

A wealthy timber magnate has been granted permission to take his divorce dispute to the Supreme Court of New Zealand. Mark Clayton has a number of substantial sawmilling businesses in Rotorua, on North Island, all in the form of trusts and standalone companies, the New Zealand Herald reports. He separated from estranged wife Melanie almost…

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Australian couple threaten divorce if gay marriage legalised

June 20, 2015 1 comment

Australia, family law

A Christian couple in Canberra, Australia, have provoked an online backlash after threatening to divorce if gay marriage is legalised in the country. Nick and Sarah Jensen have been married for ten years, but recently told Canberra City News that they would consider splitting if the Australian federal parliament recognised same sex marriage. Mr Jenson,…

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The history of divorce

June 15, 2015 2 comments

Divorce, family law, Marilyn Stowe

Divorce is an ever-present facet of modern life. Even if you haven’t gone through it yourself, chances are very high that you know someone who has. Perhaps a family member or a friend. A quick Google News search for “divorce” will, on any given day, no doubt yield numerous headlines about celebrity couples who are…

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