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McKenzie Friends ‘exploit fathers’ rights groups’

April 20, 2017 11 comments

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A “significant minority” of professional McKenzie Friends exploit fathers’ rights groups according to new research. Writing for the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, Australian legal academic Angela Melville claimed that many professional McKenzie Friends who work regularly with members of fathers’ rights groups were “highly problematic” because they capitalise on “uncertainty and…

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Texas must pay same sex couples $600K

April 20, 2017 0 comments

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The state of Texas has been ordered to pay two same sex couples more than $600,000 to cover their legal fees and other costs. Mark Phariss, his husband Vic Holmes, Cleopatra DeLeon and her wife Nicole Dimetman had all spent a long time fighting a legal battle against the Lone Star State’s ban on gay…

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Children’s Commissioner worries about ‘pinball’ kids

April 20, 2017 2 comments

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Some children in the care system experience repeated upheavals, a new report claims. The latest Stability Index from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner analysed care system data for the 12 months to March last year. More than 7,000 ‘looked after’ children, or one in ten, were moved to new placements with foster families or…

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Indian lawyer charged with bigamy

April 19, 2017 0 comments

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An advocate from Punjab in northern India has been arrested on suspicion of bigamy. Advocates in India combine the roles of solicitor and barrister in the United Kingdom. The suspected lawyer comes from the small town of Kular, 42 miles northwest of Ludhiana, the largest city in Punjab state. He married a woman from Baddowal…

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Travelling for work ‘improves relationships’

April 19, 2017 0 comments

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People who travel a lot for work believe it actually improves their relationships at home. In a survey of 2,000 Britons whose jobs involve regular trips abroad almost two thirds – 62 per cent – claimed their schedule was beneficial to their relationship. Meanwhile 72 per cent believed that being away from home for extended…

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New Zealand MP urges teen marriage reform

April 19, 2017 0 comments

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A member of the New Zealand parliament has proposed a bill to make it more difficult for teenagers to marry. The current law establishes 18 as the minimum age for marriage but does allow 16 and 17 year-olds to marry as well if they have their parents’ consent. However MP Jo Hayes believes this leaves…

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You can’t circumvent the system

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April 19, 2017 17 comments

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We call it the ‘family justice system’. The third of those words is important: it is a complete system, designed to dispense family justice. That means that it provides everything required to thoroughly investigate matters relating to family justice, including procedures to review decisions and to ensure that, subject to any such review, those decisions…

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Bid to unseal royal will is ‘complete nonsense’

April 19, 2017 1 comment

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Sir James Munby has dismissed another attempt to unseal the will of the late Princess Margaret as “complete nonsense”. The President of the Family Division has previously rejected a similar bid from the same woman. Sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice, Sir James noted that the latest one included “a closely-spaced one page statement”…

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‘Free childcare’: 50,000 could miss out

April 19, 2017 1 comment

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As many as 50,000 children could miss out on a place on the government’s upcoming free childcare scheme. From September parents of three and four year-olds will be eligible for 30 hours’ worth of childcare each week at no charge. The Department for Education estimates that around 390,000 children will qualify for a place on…

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King of Swaziland wants to ban divorce

April 18, 2017 3 comments

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The King of Africa’s smallest country has said he wants to join Vatican City and the Philippines in banning divorce. At just 120 miles by 81 miles, Swaziland is bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. The landlocked nation is an absolute monarchy and has been ruled by Ngwenyama (‘Lion’ or King) Mswati III since 1986….

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