Court of Appeal refuses divorce plea

March 24, 2017 0 comments

divorce

A woman in her 60s has failed in her bid to appeal a refusal of her divorce petition. Tini Owens had been married to her husband Hugh for no less than 35 years when she left the couple’s home in 2013. She filed for divorce, claiming their relationship had become “loveless” and prone to rows…

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UK maternity pay amongst the lowest in Europe

March 24, 2017 0 comments

family life

Rates of statutory maternity pay in the United Kingdom are amongst the lowest in Europe the TUC has claimed. Briitsh women are entitled to a total of 52 weeks’ maternity leave. The first six weeks are normally payable at 90 per cent of their regular wage. The rate then falls to just £139.58 a week…

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‘Patchy’ publication of family court judgements

March 24, 2017 0 comments

family law

Guidance urging the routine publication of family court judgements is applied inconsistently across the country, a study has found. Research by the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University found “patchy” application of the 2014 guidance, which was issued by Family Division President Sir James Munby in response to allegations of secrecy and closed…

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Supreme Court dismisses care funding appeal

March 22, 2017 0 comments

family law

The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal against a refusal by the NHS to fund home visits for a disabled man. N (Appellant) v ACCG and others (Respondents) concerned a “profoundly disabled” man in need of 24-hour care. ‘MN’ comes from a “large, close and loving family” who nevertheless did not always cooperate with…

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Israeli government rewrites controversial DV clause

March 20, 2017 1 comment

domestic violence

The Israeli Justice Ministry had rewritten a controversial  policy which meant that women who made false claims of domestic violence or abuse faced no penalties. Prosecution Instruction 2.5 is formally known as “Policy regarding launching investigation and filing charges on suspicion of giving false or contradictory statements or testimony during an investigation or trial, and…

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Child maintenance backlog exceeds £3.8 billion

March 20, 2017 20 comments

Child maintenance

The amount of uncollected child maintenance in Britain now exceeds £3.8 billion, the BBC has claimed. The figure, highlighted on Victoria Derbyshire show, is based on collated government statistics and dates back 23 years. An estimated 1.2 million parents with care of their children are currently owed child support payments by their former partners. According…

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10 year-old ‘must be educated in Islamic school’

March 19, 2017 4 comments

family law

A ten year-old boy is to attend an Islamic faith school in London despite his father’s objections. The child’s father had converted to Islam when he married the mother. However once their nine-year marriage came to an end, the man abandoned the faith. At the High Court he was described as an “Anglo-Saxon” atheist. Since…

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Troubled teen ‘can consent to confinement’

March 17, 2017 0 comments

family law

A troubled 15 year-old boy has the capacity to consent to his detention the High Court has concluded. In Re C (A Child), the boy, ‘C’, was originally made the subject of a care order back in 2002. He was the youngest of five chldren and all four of his siblings were subsequently adopted. He…

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