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Ireland to proceed with children’s rights referendum

November 9, 2012 0 comments

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The Republic of  Ireland is to press ahead with a referendum on a proposed change to the Constitution of Ireland in favour of  children’s rights. The referendum will be held tomorrow (November 10) in spite of a ruling in the Irish Supreme Court yesterday (November 8) that the wording of a website set up to…

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Disclosure case heads to Supreme Court

November 9, 2012 0 comments

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The Supreme Court is to consider an appeal against a recent ruling ordering the identification of a person who had made allegations of sexual abuse relating to child contact proceedings. The case involved a child, A, now ten years old, the daughter of parents identified as Ms G and Mr J. After the parents separated,…

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The Law Commission comes to Leeds!

November 9, 2012 1 comment

Solicitors, barristers, judges and students all descended upon the University of Leeds yesterday. The Law Commission’s high-profile consultation on family law reform had come to the city for a special event hosted by Stowe Family Law. Our distinguished legal guests joined members of our 54-strong for a packed gathering in the university’s School of Law….

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It’s not the winning… (from Solicitors Journal)

November 8, 2012 0 comments

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 08/11/2012. As nice as it is to be recognised by your peers, glitzy award ceremonies just play to lawyers’ egos rather than provide any reputational capital, says Marilyn Stowe Is any other profession as garlanded and as flattered as ours? It’s that time of the year again, with peer…

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One fifth of people think over 40s not allowed to adopt

November 8, 2012 0 comments

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Almost 20 per cent of people believe potential adopters over the age of 40 would be ruled out, according to new research from the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF). Other findings from the research, carried out in the run-up to National Adoption Week, include: *18 per cent thought being single would bar someone…

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Children with no nationality on UK streets

November 8, 2012 0 comments

Investigators for BBC TV programme Inside Out London have uncovered evidence of hundreds of ‘stateless’ homeless children in major cities across the UK. Many travelled to the UK legally but later lost contact with their families or were thrown out. Without official registration they cannot access benefits, education or apply for council housing. According to…

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US states vote for gay marriage

November 8, 2012 0 comments

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Three US states – Maine, Maryland and Washington – have become the first to vote for the legalisation of same sex marriage. Meanwhile, in Minnesota, voters rejected a constitutional amendment which would have banned same sex matrimony. Tuesday’s referenda took place on the same day as the presidential election, were the 33rd time the issue…

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