Oklahoma divorce bill to penalise spouse ‘at fault’

February 25, 2017 0 comments

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A proposed piece of legislation in the south-central state of Oklahoma would significantly penalise those found ‘at fault’ in a divorce. The bill stipulates that if one spouse can prove the other is at fault they will automatically be awarded 75 per cent of the marital assets. This would apply to all divorces except those…

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High Court rejects devout Muslim’s divorce claims

February 24, 2017 0 comments

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The High Court has rejected a devout Muslim man’s claim that he cannot divorce in the UK. He had insisted that because he and his wife married in Pakistan under Sharia law a divorce could only be approved in that country. The man made this argument after his wife, a dual British and Pakistani citizen,…

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Harriet Harman: ‘stop talking about marriage’

February 24, 2017 2 comments

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Former deputy leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman thinks politicians should stop talking about the importance of marriage. In a column for general interest magazine Prospect, the MP for Camberwell and Peckham wrote that it was time to “change the discussion … when it comes to families”. It is not surprising that politicians talk…

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Online divorce project ‘on hold’

February 23, 2017 0 comments

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Development of an online mediation system for divorcing and separating couples in the UK has been suspended. Once completed, the site will offer advice and information on the various aspects of relationships ending and enable users to proceed as far as legally binding agreement if they wish. It was inspired by a similar system used…

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Nigerian woman seeks divorce over childlessness

February 21, 2017 0 comments

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A woman living in the southwestern Nigerian city of Ibadan has applied for a divorce because she has no child after a marriage of 11 years. At the Idi Ogungun Customary Court in the city, the woman complained that her husband not made sufficient effort to get her pregnant since their marriage in 2006. They…

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Israel considers marriage counselling tax cut

February 20, 2017 0 comments

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Israel is considering a bill which would cut taxes for couples who attend counselling before they marry. The measure was introduced in the country’s Knesset (Parliament) by Yehuda Glick, an MP from the centre-right Likud Party. If enacted, it would reduce the amount of income tax couples pay if they sign up for marriage counselling…

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Health care reform reduces US divorces?

February 19, 2017 0 comments

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One of President Obama’s signature pieces of legislation could be responsible for a drop in the number of divorces. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), dubbed ‘Obamacare’ by its detractors, has apparently contributed to a reduction in what is known as ‘medical divorce’. When someone in the United States develops a serious illness, treatment can be…

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Cafcass figures, divorce nonsense and more

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February 17, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for January 2017, and the upward trend has returned. In that month the service received a total of 1,119 care applications, which is a 7 per cent increase…

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