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Government amends Civil Partnership Act

December 5, 2012 1 comment

Almost seven years after it first came into force, the Government has amended the Civil Partnership Act 2004. The amendment, which will become law on 31 January next year, adds no less than 50 types of overseas relationship to the list of those which can be treated as civil partnerships under the Act. The additions,…

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US billionaire faces huge divorce payout

December 5, 2012 0 comments

US billionaire Stewart Rahr may have to pay his wife of 43 years half his fortune of $1.6 billion because there is no prenuptial agreement in place. According to reports, Carol Rahr recently launched divorce proceedings against the entrepreneur, who sold his pharmaceutical company Kinray for $1.3 billion in November 2010. The move is reported…

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Indonesians protest over text message divorce

December 4, 2012 0 comments

Hundreds of Indonesians gathered to call for the resignation of a district chief after he divorced his teenage wife of four days by text message. Aceng Fikri, 40 year old chief of the Garut region in West Java, married Fani Oktora, 17, in July. Miss Oktora was his second wife but only four days into their marriage Fikri…

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Councils must cut out delays in adoption

December 4, 2012 0 comments

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Children’s Minister Edward Timpson has said that councils must do more to drive out delays in the adoption process. The Minister has announced that children must not be deprived of permanent, loving family care because of local authority delays. The government has recently released its second set of adoption scorecards, which show how quickly children…

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First gay divorce granted in Israel

December 4, 2012 0 comments

A gay Israeli couple have been granted the first ever same-sex divorce in the country. Tel Aviv University Professor Uzi Even and Dr Amit Kama were granted the divorce by the Ramat Gan Family Court, according to a report in the JTA. The family court ordered the Interior Minister to register their marital status as…

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Millionaire’s wife granted divorce

December 3, 2012 1 comment

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A millionaire property developer has failed in an attempt to prevent his wife divorcing him after he moved in with his new girlfriend. Haushang Jafari, 60, claimed that he was allowed to take a second wife under Sharia law. His wife, Aghdas Bidaki, was a granted  divorce o the grounds of “unreasonable conduct” at Bristol…

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