FDACs, marriages, and domestic abuse

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March 9, 2018 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW Well, actually a bit more than a week, as I’m starting with a couple of stories that I omitted from my roundup last Friday. The first story is about the problem-solving Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs), and I wanted to mention it here to once more praise the excellent…

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Opposite sex marriage falls to lowest ever level

March 1, 2018 2 comments

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Rates of marriage amongst opposite sex couples have fallen to their lowest ever level according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). There were a total of 239,020 heterosexual marriages in 2015, the ONS reveals, a fall of nearly 3.5 per cent in a single year (from  247,372) and the lowest on…

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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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Domestic abuse, cohabitation awareness and more

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December 1, 2017 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Chancellor of the Exchequer has given divorcing couples relief from higher rates of stamp duty, in his Autumn Budget. The higher rates, which imposed a 3 per cent surcharge on those buying properties in addition to their main home, were introduced to crack down on the buy-to-let market. While…

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11% of teen girls say they’ve seen domestic abuse

November 24, 2017 0 comments

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Eleven per cent of teenage girls aged between 16 and 19 say they have experienced domestic abuse, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported, making that age group the one most likely to be targeted. Seven per cent of boys also report abuse, the ONS notes in a new bulletin collating government, Police and…

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Care cases, an international divorce, and more

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November 17, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law A local authority involved in a child guardianship case can be identified, a judge has ordered. In the case none of the parties involved were originally identified, but the child’s grandmother, in favour of whom Circuit Judge Stephen Wildblood QC had made a special guardianship order, wanted to make a…

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Cohabiting couples ‘second largest family type’

November 10, 2017 0 comments

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Cohabiting couples are now the second largest family type in the UK, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced. In a newly published analysis of current social trends, the ONS notes that couples who live together without getting married have also become the fastest growing family type. According to the report, there are now…

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Does men’s inability to change fuel divorce?

November 4, 2017 22 comments

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Women ask for divorce more than men. This is as close to an absolute fact as you can get when dealing with the tricky subject of human relationships. More than an anecdotal observation, we have statistics which prove this is the case. In the latest set of divorce figures published by the Office for National…

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