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Oklahoma divorce bill to penalise spouse ‘at fault’

February 25, 2017 0 comments

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A proposed piece of legislation in the south-central state of Oklahoma would significantly penalise those found ‘at fault’ in a divorce. The bill stipulates that if one spouse can prove the other is at fault they will automatically be awarded 75 per cent of the marital assets. This would apply to all divorces except those…

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High Court rejects devout Muslim’s divorce claims

February 24, 2017 0 comments

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The High Court has rejected a devout Muslim man’s claim that he cannot divorce in the UK. He had insisted that because he and his wife married in Pakistan under Sharia law a divorce could only be approved in that country. The man made this argument after his wife, a dual British and Pakistani citizen,…

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Harriet Harman: ‘stop talking about marriage’

February 24, 2017 2 comments

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Former deputy leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman thinks politicians should stop talking about the importance of marriage. In a column for general interest magazine Prospect, the MP for Camberwell and Peckham wrote that it was time to “change the discussion … when it comes to families”. It is not surprising that politicians talk…

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Violence against women bill reaches third reading

February 24, 2017 1 comment

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A bill requiring the UK government to ratify the so-called ‘Istanbul Convention’ will reach its third stage in the House of Commons today. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is commonly referred to as the Istanbul Convention because it was launched in the eponymous city in…

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Domestic violence cross-examination in the spotlight

February 23, 2017 3 comments

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The government has published a new draft bill which would ban the cross-examination  in court of domestic violence accusers by their alleged attackers. The Prison and Courts Bill was introduced today by Justice Secretary Liz Truss. Its various provisions include measures to address this controversial practice, which persists in family courts despite being prohibited in…

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Online divorce project ‘on hold’

February 23, 2017 0 comments

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Development of an online mediation system for divorcing and separating couples in the UK has been suspended. Once completed, the site will offer advice and information on the various aspects of relationships ending and enable users to proceed as far as legally binding agreement if they wish. It was inspired by a similar system used…

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Romanian orphans adopted in UK ‘struggle’ as adults

February 23, 2017 2 comments

family life

The majority of children adopted from Romanian orphanages have mental health issues even as adults, a new study suggests. Researchers from King’s College London and the University of Southampton worked together with academics from Germany on a long-term study of 165 Romanian orphans. Each child was adopted by British parents between 1990 and 1992. At…

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Former Family Division President passes away (updated)

February 22, 2017 1 comment

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The Former President of the Family Division has died at the age of 71. Sir Nicholas Wall had retired from the role for health reasons in December 2012, less than three years after his appointment. He was succeeded by Sir James Munby. Sir Nicholas originally became a barrister at Gray’s Inn back in 1969, and…

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