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Court of Appeal refuses divorce plea

March 24, 2017 0 comments

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A woman in her 60s has failed in her bid to appeal a refusal of her divorce petition. Tini Owens had been married to her husband Hugh for no less than 35 years when she left the couple’s home in 2013. She filed for divorce, claiming their relationship had become “loveless” and prone to rows…

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UK maternity pay amongst the lowest in Europe

March 24, 2017 0 comments

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Rates of statutory maternity pay in the United Kingdom are amongst the lowest in Europe the TUC has claimed. Briitsh women are entitled to a total of 52 weeks’ maternity leave. The first six weeks are normally payable at 90 per cent of their regular wage. The rate then falls to just £139.58 a week…

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‘Patchy’ publication of family court judgements

March 24, 2017 0 comments

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Guidance urging the routine publication of family court judgements is applied inconsistently across the country, a study has found. Research by the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University found “patchy” application of the 2014 guidance, which was issued by Family Division President Sir James Munby in response to allegations of secrecy and closed…

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Girl must be brought back to England, court rules

March 23, 2017 0 comments

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The mother of a primary school pupil has been refused permission to appeal against an order that she must be returned to England from Northern Ireland. In AH v DT, the parents had a two year relationship which ended in 2014, following the birth of a daughter, ‘E’. The situation then became acrimonious. The mother…

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Royal Tunbridge Wellis is ‘Britain’s most adulterous town’

March 23, 2017 1 comment

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Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent is Britain’s most adulterous town according to new findings. More than two per cent of the inhabitants of this affluent commuter belt town – 1,146 individuals in total – are currently engaged in affairs, according to the so-called ‘Infidelity Index’. Compiled by cross-referencing postcode data with membership details from an…

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Supreme Court Justice considers prenups

March 22, 2017 1 comment

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Supreme Court Justice Lord Wilson of Culworth raised questions about the legal validity of prenuptial agreements at an event this week. Speaking to law students at the University of Bristol, the 71 year-old Deputy President of the Supreme Court asked whether: “We have now reached the stage in which, if acting with appropriate care and…

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Dads ‘afraid to ask for child-friendly hours’

March 22, 2017 0 comments

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Many fathers fear they would be penalised by their employers if they asked for flexible, child-friendly working hours MPs have suggested. The parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee has launched an enquriy into attitudes towards fathers at work and began taking evidence on the issue today (Wednesday 22 March). The enquiry was prompted by research showing…

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Supreme Court dismisses care funding appeal

March 22, 2017 0 comments

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The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal against a refusal by the NHS to fund home visits for a disabled man. N (Appellant) v ACCG and others (Respondents) concerned a “profoundly disabled” man in need of 24-hour care. ‘MN’ comes from a “large, close and loving family” who nevertheless did not always cooperate with…

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Councils ‘neglecting families in need’

March 22, 2017 0 comments

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The child protection departments of councils around the country are increasingly neglecting families in need, MPs have claimed. Instead of intervening in the lives of problem familes at an early stage, reports the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children, cash-strapped local authorities are increasingly focusing solely on the most serious cases of neglect and abuse….

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