A father’s rights?

October 8, 2012 6 comments

Last week the Court of Appeal was the venue for a stark clash of cultures. One the one side stood members of the Haredi Jewish Community and on the other stood 21st Century secular Britain. The Haredi (also spelled ‘Chareidi’ or ‘Charedi’) community is the one of the most religiously conservative within Judaism, although they…

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Going home?

October 5, 2012 13 comments

Right now four Italian sisters are big news in Australia. Earlier this week, the girls, aged between nine and fifteen, were put on a flight to Italy at Brisbane Airport. Unfortunately, the two oldest became so upset that they had to be removed from the plane before take-off. The girls’ great aunt told the Australian…

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The pressure cooker of housework

September 28, 2012 1 comment

Whether you spend thousands or opt for a cut-price affair, weddings can be great fun. But after the confetti, champagne and congratulations from friends comes the day-to-day reality of living with your new spouse. As the weeks turn into months and those turn into years, your blissful union may start to develop a few cracks:…

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Two faces of adoption

September 26, 2012 2 comments

As much as we may like to moan about them from time to time, the truth is that parents are a pretty fundamental part of growing up. They provide us with home, security, a sense of identity in a confusing world, bed and board, affection and discipline…the list goes on and on. Sadly, for much…

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News: judge halts adoption for medical reports

September 21, 2012 0 comments

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An appeal court judge has temporarily halted adoption proceedings after hearing that a case of suspected child abuse may in fact have been caused by rickets. Lord Justice McFarlane called for medical reports after that hearing that the broken bones which had led authorities to suspect child abuse could have been caused by the soft…

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Living in sin?

September 21, 2012 0 comments

Church bells, champagne, flowers in lapels, bright pavilions on summer lawns, drunken uncles dancing….yes, I am thinking about weddings. Marriage is one of the most basic of all social institutions and so one that is very easy to take for granted. We rarely stop and ask ourselves ‘what’s it actually for?’ That is not an…

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Angry voices

September 20, 2012 4 comments

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Mention ‘domestic violence’ to most people and you can be sure the same old images will pop into their heads: angry voices, smashing plates, raised fists, a bullying husband venting sudden neurotic rages on a cowering wife. But these distressing images, while built around a core of truth, are simplistic and do not capture the…

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Adoption and a new life

September 18, 2012 2 comments

As we recently saw, applications for places in care are at an all-time high. This is sad news for society and sad news for the youngsters who face years in children’s homes without the support of a family – even if they have been removed from chaotic or abusive home lives. Many will go on…

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