Couple plan divorce for shared girlfriend’s benefit

April 28, 2017 0 comments

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A married couple in the United States are planning to divorce in order to give their shared girlfriend legal rights as a parent. Benno and Cristina Kaiser have been married for 12 years. They met while serving in the US Military Police Corps in Virginia and have since had three children. At some point in…

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Indian man celebrates divorce by giving away dessert

April 27, 2017 1 comment

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A man in the western Indian state of Gujarat celebrated his divorce by giving away mulitple boxes of a popular Indian dessert. Rinkesh Rachchh, 26, lives in Rajkot, in central Gujarat. He was married for a single year before the relationship ended, the Deccan Chronicle reports, but it took him two years of legal wrangling…

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Online divorce pilot ‘extremely successful’

April 21, 2017 3 comments

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The government’s first attempt to introduce an online divorce system has been “extremely successful” according to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). Plans for the service were announced by President of the Family Division Sir James Munby in 2016 and a pilot scheme was launched earlier this year at the East Midlands Divorce Centre…

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King of Swaziland wants to ban divorce

April 18, 2017 3 comments

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The King of Africa’s smallest country has said he wants to join Vatican City and the Philippines in banning divorce. At just 120 miles by 81 miles, Swaziland is bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. The landlocked nation is an absolute monarchy and has been ruled by Ngwenyama (‘Lion’ or King) Mswati III since 1986….

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Catholic Church ‘remains firm on family teachings’

April 17, 2017 4 comments

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The Catholic Church has not changed its stance on a range of controversial family and social issues a senior cleric has declared. Cardinal Gerhard Muller is head of the influential Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the modern successor to the infamous Inquisition of the Middle Ages. In a lengthy interview, published as a…

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Italian man granted divorce from ‘possessed’ wife

April 14, 2017 0 comments

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A man in Italy has been granted a divorce following claims that his wife was possessed by the devil. Speaking at a court in the northern city of Milan, the man said that since 2007 his wife had exhibited “inexplicable behaviour”. This included having fits among other “unusual phenomena”. The woman, who was a devout…

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The urgency of divorce reform

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April 13, 2017 3 comments

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The Nuffield Foundation has just published research highlighting the need for urgent reform of divorce law in England and Wales. This comes on the back of the recent decision by the Court of Appeal in Owens v Owens. In that case the Court of Appeal refused to overturn the decision of a judge in the…

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Triple talaq ‘is not divorce’

April 10, 2017 0 comments

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Pronouncing the so-called ‘triple talaq’ does not produce a valid divorce, the wife of the Vice President of India has insisted. Mohammad Hamid Ansari is the country’s 12th Vice President since the country was established in its current form in 1947. Unlike the equally the elderly President Pranab Mukherjee however, Ansari is a Muslim. Speaking…

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Divorce law ‘increases conflict’

April 10, 2017 1 comment

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Divorce law in England and Wales needlessly creates conflict between couples, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Exeter surveyed 3,000 people from England and Wales about their attitude to divorce. One third of those questioned had been through the process before. Seventy-five people who were currently going through a divorce were…

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Ireland to cut divorce wait in half

April 7, 2017 0 comments

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Members of the Irish Parliament have declared their support for a bill to reduce the amount of time required for divorce. Under the rules set out by the Irish Constitution, married couples must have lived apart for four out of the previous five years before they can begin divorce proceedings. A member of the Dáil…

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