A personal review of the year, part 3

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December 22, 2017 1 comment

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This concludes my personal review of 2017. (The first two parts, covering January to August, can be found here and here). September: disruptive In a sign both of the times and of the enormous responsibilities placed upon our family courts, a headline in The Telegraph on the 7 September read: “Returning jihadis will end up…

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Convicted sex abuser ‘still has parental rights’

November 25, 2017 0 comments

A Welsh man convicted of sexually abusing his children still has parental rights despite being in jail, the BBC has reported. He recently tried to prevent the mother and children from taking a holiday in Menorca on the grounds that he had not given his permission. The mother has now launched a campaign to change…

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Britons stay in bad relationships for home ownership

August 1, 2017 3 comments

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Almost two million British adults have stayed with a partner they are not happy with in order to remain a homeowner. This figure came from a recent study, which also suggested that around seven per cent of UK adults will be in an unhappy relationship for this reason. Additionally, 11 per cent of Britons who…

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Shanghai cracks down on divorce loophole

November 23, 2016 1 comment

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Shanghai is trying to crack down on couples who divorce in order to buy another house. Many Chinese cities have restrictions on the number of properties people can purchase. In 2011, Shanghai limited families to two homes. However, this law created a loophole which some have exploited in order to buy a third house. If…

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Life as a man: International Men’s Day

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November 18, 2016 6 comments

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Tomorrow (November 19) is International Men’s Day, an annual effort to focus attention on such issues as men’s health, our contributions to family and society and those social problems which disproportionately affect the male gender. This year’s key theme is perhaps the biggest and starkest of those: male suicide. But despite these seemingly laudable aims,…

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Illinois says no to the property division for cohabitants

August 22, 2016 0 comments

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The Supreme Court of Illinois has insisted that cohabitants still have no entitlement to a share of their partner’s property on separation. The case concerned a local judge who was involved in a long term same sex relationship with a gynaecologist. The couple had moved in together  as long ago as 1981 and remained a…

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Cohabiting couple dispute ownership of London home

November 9, 2015 1 comment

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The Court of Appeal has upheld the award of a significantly higher share in equity to one of a former cohabiting couple. Barnes v Phillips concerned a couple who had lived together since 1989. They bought a property with a mortgage and held it as ‘tenants in common’ – a form of ownership similar to…

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