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Woman adopts child abandoned outside temple

August 18, 2017 0 comments

family law

A woman living in the UK has now twice adopted a girl who was found abandoned outside a Delhi temple as an infant. In a recently published judgment from November 2016, Mrs Justice Theis explained that girl, ‘X’, had been given an estimated date of birth due to the circumstances she was found in back…

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Controversial social worker scheme dropped

August 17, 2017 1 comment

children in care

Plans to increase collaboration between court guardians and social workers have been dropped following concerns that they may encourage collusion. The scheme was outlined in February by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) and Cafcass, with the suggestion that it might speed up care proceedings and cut unnecessary court appearances, amidst concerns about…

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Lebanon ditches marriage loophole for rapists

August 17, 2017 0 comments

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The Lebanese Parliament has abolished a law which allowed rapists to avoid punishment for their crime if they married the victim. Article 522 of the Middle Eastern country’s penal code stated that men who had committed rape, statutory rape or kidnapping could have their prosecution or conviction suspended under this condition. Unsurprisingly, this law has…

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Social workers at West Yorkshire council plan more strikes

August 17, 2017 0 comments

child protection

Social workers at a troubled council in West Yorkshire may begin a further series of strikes  next month reports suggest. Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council is currently rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted – but social workers claim staffing shortages and heavy workloads lie behind many of the problems. Following months of unrest, 240 members of trade union…

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Zambian husband missed work to conceive child

August 16, 2017 0 comments

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A man from the city of Kitwe in central Zambia repeatedly absconded from work to have sex with his wife, a divorce court has heard. The wife, who at 40 is four years older than her husband, told a local magistrates court that he had sometimes come home to see her multiple times a day….

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Counselling scheme cuts domestic violence offences

August 16, 2017 1 comment

family law

A counselling scheme for first-time offenders in domestic violence cases has reportedly cut further incidents by almost a third. Researchers from Cambridge University focused on 300 men who had been arrested by Hampshire Police for different types of domestic abuse, such as assault, threatening behaviour or criminal damage. None of them had a criminal record…

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Judge warns of ‘devastating’ power of attorney risk

August 15, 2017 1 comment

family law

A former Judge has warned of the potentially “devastating” risks in the power of attorney system. When someone cannot make decisions for themselves about their finances or welfare, another person can be granted ‘power of attorney’ over them, allowing them to make decisions on the first person’s behalf. There are currently around 2.5 million such…

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Visits from family reduce reoffending

August 15, 2017 2 comments

family life

Prisoners who regularly receive visits from family members are much less likely to reoffend according to new research. Reoffending rates fall by as much as 39 per cent when family members remain involved, according to the Ministry of Justice report. The finding is based on an analysis conducted by Tory peer Lord Farmer and the…

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Coke or Pepsi? Brand preferences affect relationships

August 15, 2017 0 comments

family law

Do you prefer Coca Cola or Pepsi? Are you more partial to iPhones or Androids? Do you prefer McDonald’s or Burger King? These questions may seem trivial, but a new study suggests that if you and your partner answer differently it could make you feel less happy in your relationship. Researchers in the United States…

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