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Joint custody mandated in Michigan

June 24, 2017 2 comments

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Family judges in the northerly American state of Michigan could be required to award divorcing parents joint custody of their children by default. House Bill 4691 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee of the state legislature earlier this week. It would mandate equal parenting following divorce unless substantiated reports of domestic violence have been…

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The digital age dawns: online divorce

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June 23, 2017 2 comments

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I had the pleasure of attending the At A Glance legal conference in London on Wednesday. One of the speakers was Adam Lennon, the Head of Family Modernisation & Improvement at HM Courts and Tribunals Service. He talked about the Court’s plans to roll out an online divorce system. Part of the talk involved a…

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Medical treatment, divorce statistics and more

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June 23, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Lord Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice, has criticised the thinking behind attempts to make courts financially self-sufficient. In a speech at the Palace of Westminster he insisted that courts are not ‘a provider of consumer services’. He said that “the characterisation of the courts as being service providers akin to…

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‘Other woman’ ordered to pay wife $8,000

June 23, 2017 1 comment

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A woman in Zimbabwe has been ordered to pay US$8,000 (£6,315) to the wife of a man she is having an affair with. The wife had launched a legal bid claiming $25,000 (£19,735) in “adultery damages” from the other woman after she learned of her husband’s affair. Although the couple were still married, and had…

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German court rejects gay marriage vote

June 22, 2017 0 comments

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The highest court in Germany has rejected a bid to force the country’s parliament to vote on the legalisation of gay marriage. Citing the overwhelming popularity of same sex marriage, the Green Party applied for an injunction which would compel lawmakers to finally have a vote on the issue. More than three quarters of Germans…

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Just a third of parents are home on time every day

June 22, 2017 4 comments

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Little more than a third of British parents go home from work on time every day. Two charities – Working Families and Brighter Horizons – have urged parents to make more of an effort to leave work promptly so they can spend more quality time with their children. Their research revealed that just 34 per…

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