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High Court grants recognition of Indian adoption

March 12, 2013 0 comments

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In a recently published case, a High Court judge granted recognition of an Indian adoption order. Sitting in the Family Division, Mr Justice Moor considered the case of Re J, in which the applicants offered to adopt their niece, being unable to conceive their own biological child. The applicants took part in a religious adoption…

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Supermodel Cindy Crawford recalls her parents’ divorce

March 12, 2013 1 comment

American supermodel Cindy Crawford recalled her parents’ divorce during a recent appearance on TV show Oprah’s Master Class. Her mother Jennifer’s financial struggles after the split, while Crawford was a teenager in Illinois, motivated the model to seek financial independence she told Oprah Winfrey. Crawford, now 47, said: “Unfortunately my parents, you know, were one…

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Olympic legend Liz McColgan ends acrimonious divorce

March 12, 2013 0 comments

Legendary Scottish athlete Liz McColgan has finalised her divorce, according to media reports. The Olympic silver medallist and her husband Peter have been disputing a number of properties since separating, The Scottish Sun reports. However, the pair reached an agreement this week, Arbroath Sheriff Court heard. Papers must still be lodged confirming the details of…

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Wife of US millionaire has pre-nuptial agreement torn up

March 12, 2013 4 comments

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The estranged wife of a US millionaire has persuaded a court to throw out the prenuptial agreement she signed prior her wedding in 1998. Elizabeth Cioffi-Petrakis claimed her husband, a property developer on Long Island, coerced her into signing the agreement four days before the wedding. An appeal court in Brooklyn has now upheld an…

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Cost of raising a child hits a ten year high

March 11, 2013 0 comments

family life

The average cost of raising a child from birth to the age of 21 has now reached a record high of £222,458, according to new figures from insurer LV. The cost, revealed in the insurer’s annual Cost Of A Child report, is over £4,000 higher than last year’s figure and a hefty £82,000 up on…

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Huhne and Pryce sentenced to eight months in prison

March 11, 2013 0 comments

Former MP Chris Huhne and his economist ex-wife Vicky Pryce and have been sentenced to eight months in prison for perverting the course of justice. Greek-born Pryce, and Huhne, the former Liberal Democrat MP for Eastleigh, both appeared at Southwark Crown Court  to receive their sentences this afternoon. Mr Justice Sweeney told the pair: “No…

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Thoughts in unexpected places!

March 11, 2013 0 comments

It has been an unusual week! While we all shiver beneath a winter that seems especially reluctant to give way spring this year, just a few days ago a time capsule was buried beneath the grounds of the still-under-construction JW3 Jewish Community Centre on the Finchley Road in London. This capsule, scheduled to be opened…

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UFC fighter Rashad Evans champions gay marriage

March 11, 2013 0 comments

Rashad Evans, a martial artist in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has signed a pro-gay marriage petition launched by American Football players Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo. The former UFC light heavyweight champion registered his support for gay marriage and expressed his feelings on the matter to the Outsports website: “I have nothing to gain personally…

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Child neglect is a real threat to children, charity says

March 11, 2013 1 comment

fostering and adoption

Neglect poses as much of a threat to children as abuse, the NSPCC has claimed. According to figures from a new study funded by the child protection charity, more children are placed on local child protection registers due to neglect than both physical and sexual abuse. The study, by the University of East Anglia, examined…

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