A personal review of the year, part 2

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December 21, 2017 0 comments

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This continues my personal review of 2017. (The first part, covering the January to April, can be found in my post here yesterday). May: crazy My story choices for May are all about finances, the first two both about the extraordinary sums of money divorcing couples are prepared to spend arguing over who has what….

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Transgender row should be reheard Court of Appeal rules

December 21, 2017 0 comments

transgender

The exclusion of a transgender woman from her children’s lives must be reconsidered, the Court of Appeal has ruled. She left her family and the broader Orthodox Jewish Haredi community in Manchester two years ago after deciding to transition from male to female. Her estranged wife has refused to let the transgender woman see their…

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Surrogate mother loses care of child

November 21, 2017 2 comments

family life

A surrogate mother has lost the right to care for a child she gave birth to. The woman met a gay couple online and entered into a surrogacy agreement with them back in 2015. However, during the pregnancy she and her husband changed their minds about giving up the child, despite neither one of them…

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Toddler to be adopted by his cousin

November 13, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A toddler is to be adopted by a much older cousin despite the fact that they will only be guardians to his two older brothers. The case concerned an 18 month-old toddler referred to by the pseudonym ‘Liam’. He lived with foster parents, one of whom (the judgement does not specify which) was his cousin….

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Son of Russian oligarch wins back divorce ‘top up’

October 6, 2017 1 comment

family law

The son of a Russian oligarch has won back £1.14 million that had been awarded to his ex-wife as a divorce settlement ‘top up’. The 47 year-old son of a telecommunications mogul had originally agreed to pay his wife £5.1 million following their divorce back in Russia. He also gave her a flat in Moscow…

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Mother’s appeal to keep children rejected

October 3, 2017 2 comments

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The Court of Appeal has rejected a woman’s bid to keep her two children. The woman lived with her children at her mother’s house. The father of the seven year-old girl and 11 year-old boy did not live with them but did have regular contact. Both parents reportedly had “a very significant learning disability”, although…

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