Malta says ‘I do’ to gay marriage

July 17, 2017 0 comments

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The Mediterranean island of Malta has legalised gay marriage Lawmakers have replaced terms translating as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ with the phrase ‘you are now spouses’ in the official marriage ceremony. The move reflects a promise made by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, following re-election with an overall majority last month. The new law attracted across-the-board support,…

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Malta’s PM promises gay marriage

June 7, 2017 1 comment

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Malta’s newly re-elected Prime Minister has pledged that his first priority will be to introduce gay marriage. Joseph Muscat’s Labour Party – Partit Laburista in Maltese – won 55 per cent of the popular vote in the island nation’s general election over the weekend.  This gave the party an absolute majority in the 65-seat Parliament….

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UK maternity pay amongst the lowest in Europe

March 24, 2017 0 comments

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Rates of statutory maternity pay in the United Kingdom are amongst the lowest in Europe the TUC has claimed. Briitsh women are entitled to a total of 52 weeks’ maternity leave. The first six weeks are normally payable at 90 per cent of their regular wage. The rate then falls to just £139.58 a week…

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26-year marriage of convenience is ‘null’

December 3, 2016 1 comment

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The Family Court of Malta has declared that a couple’s 26-year marriage is “null”. Despite the amount of time they were together, the couple were not motivated by love but by convenience, the Court heard. The wife’s first husband and her father had died within five months of each other and her mother had pressured…

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EU announces new marital property regulation

June 21, 2016 0 comments

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The Council of the European Union has announced a new multi-country regulation on the distribution of marital assets following divorce. If passed, the new regulation would implement “enhanced cooperation on jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regimes”. To date, 18 member states have expressed a willingness…

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Father loses appeal against loss of son

June 3, 2016 1 comment

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The father of a three year-old boy has lost an appeal against an order that he be returned to his mother. In S (A Child) , the parents began living together in May 2011. ‘S’ was born the following year and the year after that, the couple finally married. But by then the relationship was…

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Divorce in the Philippines a matter of faith

October 15, 2014 2 comments

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The Pope’s recent Extraordinary Synod may not relax the ban on divorce that Filipinos currently face. The Philippines is the last major country in the world to prohibit divorce for the majority of its people. So what happens when they fall out of love with each other and want to marry someone else? Thousands of…

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