Government extends online divorce pilot

January 31, 2018 0 comments

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The government has extended an online divorce pilot to allow users to make fully digital divorce applications. The pilot scheme, launched last year, initially required users to print off the divorce application form and then post this to the nearest family court serving as a ‘divorce centre’. Now users can submit the form online, as…

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The bailiwick shows us the way on divorce reform

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January 30, 2018 0 comments

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Rightly or wrongly, I’ve always had the impression that the Bailiwick of Jersey is quite a conservative place, resistant to change. For example, they still technically had the death penalty until 2006, and birching was still practised on Jersey long after it was abolished over here. It is therefore slightly ironic that Jersey is now…

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Has Lady Hale already decided the Owens appeal?

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January 29, 2018 2 comments

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As someone who is approaching the tenth anniversary of joining Twitter (I really should get a life), I suppose I understand better than most the limitations of the platform for delivering serious subject-matter. Even with the recent doubling of the character count, tweets are inevitably superficial, giving information with no detail and no background, so…

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Jersey considers major divorce reforms

January 26, 2018 1 comment

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Jersey in the Channel Islands is considering major reform to its divorce laws. As a crown dependency, Jersey has a separate legal system which has been influenced by both French and English law. It is centred around the Royal Court in the capital Saint Helier. Residents have now been invited to give their views on…

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Divorce linked to mental illness in children

January 15, 2018 5 comments

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15Divorce has been linked to higher rates of mental illness among children from Caucasian families. A team of researchers from University College London and the nearby Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families polled 30,000 children between the ages of 11 and 14, in the largest survey of children’s mental health conducted to date….

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Is the idea of ‘Divorce Day’ offensive?

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January 10, 2018 2 comments

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This year I had been intending to rise above the whole ‘Divorce Day’ debate, leaving it to others to argue over whether it is actually a ‘thing’ and, if so, its significance. However, there is a point about Divorce Day that I think no one else has mentioned, and that I feel should be made….

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EU law ‘does not apply to’ to Sharia divorce

January 5, 2018 1 comment

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EU law does not apply to Sharia and other religious divorces conducted privately, Justices have ruled. The case concerned a former couple with dual German and Syrian nationality. They married in the Syrian city of Homs in 1999, later moved to Germany, and then separated some years ago. In 2013, while visiting Syria, the husband…

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