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Washington woman divorcing husband sets fire to home

February 19, 2013 0 comments

A woman in Washington state set fire to her home after becoming enraged with the husband she is currently divorcing. Forty-two year Julie Kell, of Longview in Cowlitz County, sent drunken text messages to her husband threatening to start a fire in the rented home the couple still shared. As he drove home he spotted…

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Washington considers extending divorce waiting period to one year

February 19, 2013 0 comments

US legislators in Washington state are considering the introduction of a one-year waiting period to finalise divorce. Couples in the state are currently required to wait 90 days before a divorce can be ratified. But Republican senator Don Benton believes a significantly longer one year waiting period would have social benefits. He said: “Increasing the…

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Saudi Arabian scholar calls for marriage counselling workshops

February 18, 2013 0 comments

Couples intending to wed in Saudi Arabia should be made to attend marriage workshops, according to a prominent religious scholar. Saeed Al Qah’tani told Saudi newspaper Okaz that high divorce rates in the kingdom were “alarming”. “This clearly indicates that there is a serious and grave issue about understanding and appreciating the responsibilities of spouses…

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Judge orders return of child to Pakistan

February 18, 2013 0 comments

The High Court has ordered the return of a child brought to the UK from Pakistan by her father. The case of Z v Z concerned a couple who married in the country. The father initially returned to the UK, making occasional return visits, but when the mother’s application for a visa to live in…

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Mobile app removes former partners from Facebook profiles

February 17, 2013 1 comment

A new mobile application claims to have remove all traces of ex-partners from personal profiles on social networking site Facebook. Killswitch will, claim its makers, trawl users’ profiles for all material featuring an identified ex-partner, including videos, photos, status updates and wall posts. Once these have been gathered, users of the app will be able…

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Welsh secretary castigated for gay marriage remarks

February 16, 2013 16 comments

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Remarks made by Tory MP David Jones about gay marriage have been branded “hugely offensive” by Labour MP Kate Green. Jones, the Secretary of State for Wales, appeared on ITV programme Face to Face earlier this week. Asked about gay marriage, which he voted against in the House of Commons, the 60 year-old MP said:…

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Second marriages and the face in the mirror

February 15, 2013 3 comments

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As family lawyers we spend a lot of time dealing with the consequences of divorce. That is, after all, our job. Helping our clients to deal with the turmoil and achieve the best possible end result is one of the main reasons we open our doors in the morning. I suppose it’s inevitable then that…

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