Woman denied divorce aims for Supreme Court

April 24, 2017 0 comments

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A woman in her 60s who was denied a divorce last month plans to try and take her case to the Supreme Court. Tini Owens was married to her husband Hugh for more than 30 years but the relationship eventually broke down and she moved out of the couple’s home. She filed for divorce but…

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Testosterone levels fall after marriage

April 22, 2017 8 comments

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Testosterone levels fall sharply in men after they marry, Danish researchers have claimed. A team at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen examined data relating to 1113 Danish men aged between 30 and 60 over a ten year period. It had been gathered as part of a long-term health study. Levels of testosterone and related reproductive hormones were…

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Applying for decree absolute: an essential guide

April 21, 2017 2 comments

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Once the interim stage in divorce, the decree nisi, has been pronounced, the petitioner (the person who has initiated the divorce) must wait a minimum of six weeks and one day before asking the court for the final stage, known as the decree absolute. This is done by completing a simple form and lodging it…

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Online divorce pilot ‘extremely successful’

April 21, 2017 3 comments

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The government’s first attempt to introduce an online divorce system has been “extremely successful” according to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). Plans for the service were announced by President of the Family Division Sir James Munby in 2016 and a pilot scheme was launched earlier this year at the East Midlands Divorce Centre…

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King of Swaziland wants to ban divorce

April 18, 2017 3 comments

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The King of Africa’s smallest country has said he wants to join Vatican City and the Philippines in banning divorce. At just 120 miles by 81 miles, Swaziland is bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. The landlocked nation is an absolute monarchy and has been ruled by Ngwenyama (‘Lion’ or King) Mswati III since 1986….

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Catholic Church ‘remains firm on family teachings’

April 17, 2017 4 comments

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The Catholic Church has not changed its stance on a range of controversial family and social issues a senior cleric has declared. Cardinal Gerhard Muller is head of the influential Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the modern successor to the infamous Inquisition of the Middle Ages. In a lengthy interview, published as a…

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Italian man granted divorce from ‘possessed’ wife

April 14, 2017 0 comments

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A man in Italy has been granted a divorce following claims that his wife was possessed by the devil. Speaking at a court in the northern city of Milan, the man said that since 2007 his wife had exhibited “inexplicable behaviour”. This included having fits among other “unusual phenomena”. The woman, who was a devout…

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The urgency of divorce reform

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April 13, 2017 3 comments

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The Nuffield Foundation has just published research highlighting the need for urgent reform of divorce law in England and Wales. This comes on the back of the recent decision by the Court of Appeal in Owens v Owens. In that case the Court of Appeal refused to overturn the decision of a judge in the…

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