Muslim woman blamed Sharia after abandoning her children

September 7, 2016 3 comments

Sharia

A Lebanese woman who abandoned her children blamed Sharia law, a court in Australia heard. The mother was a devout Muslim living in Sydney. She had three children, aged nine, 14 and 17. Following a divorce from her then husband, who was also Lebanese and had a history of violent behaviour, she remarried and promptly…

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Orthodox community raising divorce funding

August 16, 2016 1 comment

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An Orthodox Jewish community in north London has begun a fundraising drive to help members whose divorced spouse wants to take their children into secular society. According to a report in the Independent, organisers hope to raise £1 million to help pay the legal costs of divorcing members disputing access to the children, when the…

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Indian court condemns video contact for father

August 2, 2016 0 comments

family law

Child contact via video link should be seen as a temporary solution only, an Indian court has ruled. Judges at the family court in Pune, central India, had been asked to rule on a dispute between a divorced couple. The mother had moved to Switzerland with her young child. The trip had originally taken place…

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A ‘how to’ guide for step parents

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July 21, 2016 0 comments

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As a follow-up to Marilyn Stowe’s video blog post on the subject, Senior Solicitor Jennifer Williamson from Stowe Family Law’s Winchester office has written this detailed ‘how to’ guide for step parents facing marriage breakdown. The Disney portrayal of the evil stepmother tends to be far from the truth. Most step-parents have genuine, loving relationships with…

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Judge rejects extra tuition claim in divorce

July 18, 2016 2 comments

family law

The High Court has rejected a woman’s claim for £60,000 per year for extra tuition. During her divorce from a wealthy husband, the mother claimed that her two teenage children needed significant tutoring outside of normal school hours. She wanted an annual payment of £150,000 to cover all costs relating to the two, including their…

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Transgender man has ‘parental standing’ US court declares

July 14, 2016 0 comments

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A transgender man who had previously been in a lesbian relationship has ‘parental standing’ a US court has declared. Michael Conover entered a same sex marriage before his gender transition. While he and former spouse Brittany were still living together, the latter conceived a child via artificial insemination but Michael, then known as Michelle, never…

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English court asserts jurisdiction in child dispute

June 29, 2016 0 comments

United States, family law

The courts of England and Wales have jurisdiction in an international dispute between two parents, the High Court has ruled. PKA v CJC concerned the care of boy born in December 2012. His American father and English mother met and married while the father was serving in the US military and stationed in Germany. In…

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