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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

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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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Vulnerable pupils threatened by funding cuts

March 20, 2017 0 comments

family law

The welfare of vulnerable school pupils is threatened by school funding cuts according to the Local Government Association (LGA). The government has insisted on a £600 million reduction in the annual education services grant, which is used to fund child protection measures in schools as well as special support for vulnerable pupils. As a result…

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10 year-old ‘must be educated in Islamic school’

March 19, 2017 4 comments

family law

A ten year-old boy is to attend an Islamic faith school in London despite his father’s objections. The child’s father had converted to Islam when he married the mother. However once their nine-year marriage came to an end, the man abandoned the faith. At the High Court he was described as an “Anglo-Saxon” atheist. Since…

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Australian PM insists on gay marriage vote

March 18, 2017 0 comments

gay marriage

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has insisted that a plebiscite is the best approach to same sex marriage despite mountinng pressure for him to legislate. In response to a letter from 20 chief executives urging him bring forward legislation and finally make gay marriage legal in Australia, the PM declared: “Our policy is very well…

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Government to slash bereavement benefits

March 17, 2017 0 comments

family law

Bereaved families could find themselves up to £12,000 worse off following government cuts to benefit payments. This week the House of Commons voted in favour of the new Bereavement Support Payment Regulations. Under these rules, parents who have lost their partner will only be entitled to support for 18 months. Currently, when a parent is…

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Contributions, inheritance and more

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March 17, 2017 0 comments

family law

A week in family law Cafcass – the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for Febuary 2017. In that month the service received a total of 1,134 care applications, which is an 8 per cent decrease compared to those received…

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Troubled teen ‘can consent to confinement’

March 17, 2017 0 comments

family law

A troubled 15 year-old boy has the capacity to consent to his detention the High Court has concluded. In Re C (A Child), the boy, ‘C’, was originally made the subject of a care order back in 2002. He was the youngest of five chldren and all four of his siblings were subsequently adopted. He…

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