Bride uses Facebook to prove underage marriage

October 15, 2017 0 comments

child marriage

A 19 year-old from New Delhi secured a divorce after using her husband’s Facebook account to prove she had been married to him while still underage. The teenager, from the north-western state of Rajasthan, had appealed to a court to annul her marriage because she was below the minimum age of 18 when it took…

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Baby girl ‘should remain with former cocaine addict’

October 12, 2017 1 comment

children in care

A baby girl should remain in the care of her mother despite evidence that she been unable to abstain entirely from cocaine, a court has ruled. The case concerned an eight-month-old baby girl, referred to in the judgement as ‘Holly’. She had been taken into care immediately after birth but was later returned, under the…

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Anti-gay marriage campaigners feted in Australia

October 12, 2017 1 comment

gay marriage

The unexpectedly enduring controversy over the legalisation of gay marriage in Australia continued this week with the release of a new video by campaigners against the proposal. A TV ad by campaign group the Coalition for Marriage featured mothers opposed to legalisation discussing their reasons. These included Heidi McIvor, who is a church pastor in…

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Australia appoints family court judge close to retirement

October 11, 2017 1 comment

Australia, family law

Australian Attorney-General George Brandis has raised eyebrows in legal circles by appointing a new Chief Justice for the Family Courts who is just 14 months away from mandatory retirement age. Former family law judge John Pascoe, 68, is Chief Judge of the national Federal Circuit Court. He will take up the mantle of Chief Justice…

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Courts deal with invisible children

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October 11, 2017 1 comment

fostering and adoption

I’m not a great fan of live-tweeting from legal events, but a tweet on Monday from the Nagalro October 2017 Conference struck a chord with me. For those who don’t know, Nagalro is, as its website tells us, “a professional association for social work practitioners who work in the children and families field and represent…

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