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Jewish law ‘forbids conditional marriages’

March 21, 2017 0 comments

Jewish divorce, Israel

Jewish law forbids ‘conditional marriages’ the senior Rabbinical Court in Jerusalem has insisted. As the name suggests, such marriages have conditions attached which are supposed to  mean they can be annulled retrospectively if they are not met. The Rabbinical Court had been asked to approve such a marriage, which had not been properly registered and…

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Kenyan wife told to pay back bride price

March 21, 2017 0 comments

divorce

The estranged wife of a Kenyan schoolteacher has lost her bid to overturn a ruling that she must refund her bride price. The latter is a sum of money or goods of an agreed value paid to the woman’s family on marriage in some societies. By contrast, dowries are paid to the family of the…

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Family law and the ‘non-conventional’ family

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March 21, 2017 7 comments

family life

What is a ‘family’? It’s a fundamental question, and one to which I suspect most people would expect a family lawyer to know the answer. However, I doubt whether many people, lawyers or not, even consider the question. To most a family (as against an ‘extended family’) consists of a mother, a father and their…

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Canadian woman murdered daughter in custody battle

March 21, 2017 0 comments

children and divorce

A Canadian woman has been given a life sentence for murdering her nine year-old daughter shortly at the end of an acrimonious divorce. Laura Coward, from the western province of Alberta, was arrested two days after Amber Lucius was reported missing. The girl’s body was found in a burnt-out SUV in a remote area. The…

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Pakistan approves Hindu marriages

March 21, 2017 0 comments

family law

The President of Pakistan has signed a bill which grants marriage rights to the country’s Hindu population. President Mamnoon Hussain gave his official assent on Sunday on the advice of his Prime Minister. It was the final step for the bill after it was approved by the Senate and the National Assembly, the two houses…

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Child abduction problems after Brexit

March 20, 2017 2 comments

family law

The return of children who have been abducted  into other European countries by alienated parents could become significantly more difficult following Britain’s exit from the European Union, peers have warned. Currently the return of children in such circumstances is facilitated by reciprocal recognition of legal orders under EU law,with the child’s country of habitual residence the principal…

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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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Divorce dispute lasts longer than marriage

March 20, 2017 0 comments

family law

An ongoing financial dispute between a divorced couple has now run longer than the pair were married. The former husband was a commodities broker with homes in Ibiza and Verbier, Switzerland, while the wife was a model. Now both in their early thirties, the couple met in 2010 and lived a “hedonistic” life until they…

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