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Anti-gay marriage campaigners feted in Australia

October 12, 2017 1 comment

gay marriage

The unexpectedly enduring controversy over the legalisation of gay marriage in Australia continued this week with the release of a new video by campaigners against the proposal. A TV ad by campaign group the Coalition for Marriage featured mothers opposed to legalisation discussing their reasons. These included Heidi McIvor, who is a church pastor in…

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Australia appoints family court judge close to retirement

October 11, 2017 1 comment

Australia, family law

Australian Attorney-General George Brandis has raised eyebrows in legal circles by appointing a new Chief Justice for the Family Courts who is just 14 months away from mandatory retirement age. Former family law judge John Pascoe, 68, is Chief Judge of the national Federal Circuit Court. He will take up the mantle of Chief Justice…

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Courts deal with invisible children

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October 11, 2017 1 comment

fostering and adoption

I’m not a great fan of live-tweeting from legal events, but a tweet on Monday from the Nagalro October 2017 Conference struck a chord with me. For those who don’t know, Nagalro is, as its website tells us, “a professional association for social work practitioners who work in the children and families field and represent…

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Teen brothers to live with wealthy father in Switzerland

October 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

The teenage sons of a wealthy Russian industrialist should be allowed to move to Switzerland to live with him despite their mother’s reluctance, the High Court has ruled. The boys in question were aged 15 and 13. Unsurprisingly their mother, with whom they’d been living, opposed the idea of the brothers moving to Switzerland. In…

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Israeli lawmaker: shame husbands who refuse divorce

October 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

An Israeli lawmaker has proposed legislation which would publicly reveal the names of any husband who refuses to grant his wife a divorce. Under Jewish law, a marriage can only be brought to an end if the husband agrees to issue his wife with a divorce document called a get. Until this has been granted…

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Kenyan politician’s daughter demands DNA test

October 11, 2017 0 comments

divorce

The daughter of a prominent politician in Kenya has called for a DNA test after he cast doubt on whether or not she was really his daughter. The comments followed the politician’s acrimonious divorce from her mother. This was granted, local newspaper The Star reports, on the grounds of her reported cruelty to him. During…

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Can divorce really be genetic?

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October 10, 2017 4 comments

family life

According to a number of sociological studies the children of divorced parents are more likely than their peers to get divorced themselves in later life – and that’s really no surprise. We learn a lot from our mothers and fathers – more than we’re consciously aware of – and that can include negatives: how not…

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Brothers isolated by mother to remain in foster care

October 10, 2017 0 comments

family life

Three teenage brothers living with their mentally ill mother developed a “narcissistic cult” amongst themselves and had suffered emotional harm, a High Court Judge has declared. In The London Borough of Wandsworth v M and Others, the boys, aged 13, 15, and 17, had come to believe they were so much cleverer than most other…

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Nepal approves transgender woman’s marriage

October 10, 2017 0 comments

family law

Authorities in Nepal have approved the first marriage in the country’s history to involve an openly transgender woman. Monika Shahi Nath married 22 year-old Ramesh Nath Yogi back in May but their marriage certificate has only just been approved. The 40 year-old bride grew up in a remote village in the south-east Asian country. Having…

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