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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Divorce is taking longer

December 27, 2017 3 comments

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While the overall divorce rate may be in decline, the time each one takes is increasing according to new research. A survey of more than 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 55, all of whom had divorced or separated at some point in the last decade, found that the average divorce took 14…

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Men vs divorce

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December 9, 2017 1 comment

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If divorce rivals bereavement and moving house as one of the most stressful events that life can throw at us, are there any differences in the way men and women respond to this upheaval? The traditional, stereotypical view of divorce went something like this: a devoted, stay-at-home mother is devastated to find that her caddish,…

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Divorce doesn’t have to be a battle

December 5, 2017 5 comments

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Yes, there are amicable splits, but getting divorced is normally a very difficult time for everyone involved. Flashpoints and rows flare daily between two people who were once at their happiest in each other’s company, and the emotional toll can take years to recover from. The very nature of divorce appears to be combative. As…

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