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53 Nigerian men charged after ‘gay marriage’

April 23, 2017 0 comments

family law

Fifty-three men in Nigeria have been arrested by police after allegedly celebrating a gay marriage. If found guilty, the men could face up to ten years in prison under the West African nation’s harsh anti-gay marriage laws. Police in the northern state of Kaduna made the arrests earlier this week and have claimed that the…

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Testosterone levels fall after marriage

April 22, 2017 8 comments

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Testosterone levels fall sharply in men after they marry, Danish researchers have claimed. A team at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen examined data relating to 1113 Danish men aged between 30 and 60 over a ten year period. It had been gathered as part of a long-term health study. Levels of testosterone and related reproductive hormones were…

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Applying for decree absolute: an essential guide

April 21, 2017 2 comments

family law

Once the interim stage in divorce, the decree nisi, has been pronounced, the petitioner (the person who has initiated the divorce) must wait a minimum of six weeks and one day before asking the court for the final stage, known as the decree absolute. This is done by completing a simple form and lodging it…

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Council need not pay costs for successful appeal

April 21, 2017 1 comment

family law

A woman in her 70s who defied Court of Protection rulings has failed in her bid to secure an order for costs from Devon County Council for one of two appeals. The woman in question had been appointed personal attorney to ‘MM’, an elderly gentleman who had developed dementia and lived at a care home…

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Probate fee increase dropped ahead of election

April 21, 2017 0 comments

family law

A proposed increase in administration fees for probate cases has been dropped ahead of this summer’s snap general election. The Ministry of Justice claims that there is not enough time for this legislation to make its way through Parliament before its dissolution in May. That was originally supposed to be the month that these changes…

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Online divorce pilot ‘extremely successful’

April 21, 2017 3 comments

family law

The government’s first attempt to introduce an online divorce system has been “extremely successful” according to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). Plans for the service were announced by President of the Family Division Sir James Munby in 2016 and a pilot scheme was launched earlier this year at the East Midlands Divorce Centre…

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Social worker ‘exaggerated’ threats from father

April 20, 2017 5 comments

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A “complacent” county council’s failure to support a newly qualified social worker contributed to his invention of threats by a parent, a family court judge has concluded. The inexperienced social worker, ‘LM’, had been involved in the preparation of paperwork relating to the children of a man called ‘CW’, who have since been taken into…

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Family law can be better

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April 20, 2017 14 comments

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The Sensible Party Manifesto 2017 Introduction Dear friend, We are a great country. With a great family justice system. But it can be so much better. Here at the Sensible Party we believe we can make a family justice system fit for the twenty-first century. The policies we set out in this manifesto will do…

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