Mother and daughter accused of plotting sham marriages

January 17, 2017 1 comment

marriage

A mother and daughter have been accused of orchestrating as many as 26 sham marriages. The women, along with four other female gang members, are reported to have flown off-the-peg brides from the Baltic state of Lithuania into Luton airport on a budget airline in order to take part in rapid staged marriages to non-EU…

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Louisiana man seeks block on law preventing marriage

January 16, 2017 1 comment

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A resident of Lafayette has asked a federal judge to stop the enforcement of a Louisiana law preventing him from getting married. Viet Anh Vo, known as ‘Victor’, was born in an refugee camp in Indonesia in 1985. His parents had left nearby Vietnam in the aftermath of the bitter civil war in which the…

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The future of civil partnerships?

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January 13, 2017 1 comment

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No less than 12 years after they were first introduced, civil partnerships continue to cause controversy. Of course, we are – thankfully – long past the point at which the mere thought of officially sanctioning a same sex relationship raised eyebrows. Society has evolved – for the most part! – and we have, of course,…

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Forced marriage victims must pay for flights home

January 12, 2017 0 comments

family law

The Foreign Office is considering a review of its policy that victims of forced marriage must repay the cost of their flights back to the UK. The news comes shortly after the Guardian reported a British teenager’s experience. She had been taken to Pakistan when she was 16 years old and forced into marriage there….

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Elderly married couples ‘less likely to break bones’

January 11, 2017 0 comments

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People are who still married in their later years are less likely to suffer broken bones, new research suggests. Doctors at the University of Zaragoza in north-eastern Spain analysed the medical and psychiatric records of nearly 5,000 older local people, finding a clear link between marital status and their chance of fracturing a hip. Elderly…

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‘Bride price’ in China makes marriage difficult

January 6, 2017 0 comments

family law

Marriage is becoming nearly impossible for poor, rural men in China as a result of a rising ‘bride price’. Similar to a dowry, the ‘bride price’, or pīng jīn, is a gift offered by a potential groom to his fiancée’s family in order to obtain permission to marry her. It began as a way to…

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Police receive one forced marriage report per week

January 5, 2017 1 comment

family law

Police in the West Midlands receive reports of forced marriage at a rate of one every week. Any arrangement in which one or both parties marry against their will or do not give their consent is referred to as a forced marriage. It was officially criminalised in 2014 when new provisions were added to the…

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