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Bulgarian man wins ECHR paternity case

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April 9, 2018 1 comment

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A law that required him to pay maintenance for child that was not his breached his human rights. In this country, and no doubt in many others, there is a presumption that a man married to a child’s mother at the time of the child’s birth is the father of the child. This has the…

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Elderly woman wins claim on her partner’s estate

April 6, 2018 2 comments

inheritance

A woman who received nothing in the will left by her partner of four decades has won a High Court case. Joan Thompson, 79, lived with the late Wynford Hodge for less than 42 years, but his will allocated his entire £1.5 million fortune to the tenants of one his properties. In the document, he…

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Alfie Evans, court statistics, Cafcass and more

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April 6, 2018 0 comments

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A short week in family law The parents of Alfie Evans, the 23 month-old boy who has been on ventilation in hospital after becoming seriously ill with a catastrophic and untreatable neurodegenerative condition, have had their application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared inadmissible. Alfie’s parents were seeking to overturn a decision…

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Charity publishes guide to Islamic adoption in the UK

April 6, 2018 0 comments

family law

A guide to Islamic perspectives on adoption and fostering has been published by a UK charity. Penny Appeal, established as recently as 2009, provides “poverty relief across Asia, the Middle East and Africa”. It worked with more than 60 Islamic scholars in the UK to compile the guide, after a making a Freedom of Information…

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Gender stereotypes ‘influence court rulings’

April 5, 2018 2 comments

family law

Judges are influenced by their attitude to traditional gender roles when ruling on family cases, researchers have claimed. In a newly published study they compared the responses of more than 500 US judges from a single (but unidentified) state, and an equal number of civilians. The gender breakdown of the judges was 68 per cent…

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Spending on services for children cut by £1 billion

April 4, 2018 0 comments

family life

The government has cut spending on services for children and teenagers by close to £1 billion in just six years, the Labour Party has claimed. Figures released by the party suggest that planned expenditure on such services is now £956,881,000 less than it was six years ago in ‘real terms’ – i.e. when inflation is…

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