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Young carers ‘missing out’

January 19, 2017 0 comments

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Many younger carers miss out on out official support because they are afraid of social services, a report has claimed. Children and teens who have caring responsibilities towards family members may fear being taken into the care system if social workers become aware of the family’s situation the Department for Education report suggests. They are…

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Divorcing couple argue over lost cash

January 18, 2017 0 comments

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A Brisbane couple argued over the whereabouts of more than AU $200,000 (£122,000) at a recent court hearing. The couple, both in their 60s, had been married for 27 years when their relationship broke down. At a Federal Circuit Court hearing, both accused the other of absconding with a red shoebox containing $35,000 (£28,000). This…

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Extradition bid by mother of lost children dismissed

January 18, 2017 3 comments

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The mother of three children stranded in Nigeria has failed in a bid to extradite their father. The siblings in question had been born in 2002, 2005 and 2007. They lived in the UK with their parents until July 2013. That month they travelled to Nigeria in disputed circumstances. The mother applied for their return…

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Towards a virtual divorce system at last?

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January 18, 2017 1 comment

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As the sales figures for all of the big retailers have pretty well consistently shown in the last few years, online sales are increasing and high street sales are decreasing. Similar things have been seen in other service industries, such as banking and insurance. The world of the real is being replaced by the world…

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Adoption drive ‘punishing’ lower income families

January 18, 2017 1 comment

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Poorer parents have born the brunt of the government’s drive to increase adoption, a charity has claimed. Legal Action for Women is an international organisation which, as the name suggests, helps women in need of legal assistance. In a new report, it cites research by social work professor Dr Andy Bilson of the University of…

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Trust to take over child protection in Birmingham

January 18, 2017 0 comments

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An independent trust will assume responsibility for child protection in England’s second largest city next year. The children’s services department of Birmingham City Council has been the subject of harsh criticism from Ofsted. In 2013 it was dubbed a “national disgrace” by Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw and as recently as November, the inspectorate stressed…

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Litigants in person offered court tours and seminars

January 17, 2017 1 comment

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Unrepresented litigants in person appearing at the Bristol Family and Civil Justice Centre will be offered a tour of the courts and ‘information sessions’ from next week. Both free options will be available between 1 and 2pm on Thursdays and Fridays, with alternating days dedicated to the family and then the civil courts. The initiative…

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Oversharing on social media a sign of relationship insecurity

January 17, 2017 0 comments

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Couples who post lots of photographs and status updates about their relationship are most likely trying to hide feelings of insecurity. Australian relationship expert Nikki Goldstein has claimed that such people seek reassurance from others in order to feel better about their own relationships. Speaking to the Daily Mail, she said that “likes and comments…

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German parents granted parental order in English courts

January 17, 2017 0 comments

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A German couple has been granted a parental order in the English courts after they commissioned two children from an American surrogacy clinic. In AB (Surrogacy; Domicile), the children were referred to as ‘E’ and ‘F’. They were born in 2015 to a surrogate mother in Minnesota. Contact with her was brokered by the surrogacy…

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