Transgender row should be reheard Court of Appeal rules

December 21, 2017 0 comments

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The exclusion of a transgender woman from her children’s lives must be reconsidered, the Court of Appeal has ruled. She left her family and the broader Orthodox Jewish Haredi community in Manchester two years ago after deciding to transition from male to female. Her estranged wife has refused to let the transgender woman see their…

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Guide to Jewish family life launched at the Supreme Court

December 1, 2017 0 comments

family life

Supreme Court President Lady Hale spoke at the launch of a new guide to Jewish traditions this week. Jewish Family Life and Customs: A Practical Guide was written for lawyers and judges in need for a concise but reliable introduction when working with Jewish clients or hearing cases which concern Jewish matters. It is an…

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It’s not the job of the courts to change society

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February 1, 2017 1 comment

children, contact, divorce

On Monday Mr Justice Peter Jackson handed down a judgment that made the headlines in various newspapers, including this in The Independent: “Transgender woman stopped from seeing children because it is ‘incompatible’ with their Jewish faith” Briefly the case, J v B (Ultra-Orthodox Judaism: Transgender), concerned an application by a father for contact with the…

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Transgender woman ‘can’t see children’ court rules

January 31, 2017 6 comments

family life

A transgender woman should not be allowed to see her children, a family court judge has ruled, because her status could lead to ostracism by an Orthodox Jewish community. The male-to-female transgender woman is thought to be the first to leave the Haredi community following her transition. Haredim  (also spelled Charedim) make up a loosely…

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Chief Rabbi: ‘parents need mother and father’

January 24, 2017 0 comments

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Children need both parents after divorce, the Chief Rabbi of the Ashkenazi Orthodox community has declared. Speaking at a conference in the northern Israeli city of Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee, Rabbi David Lau spoke about the process of divorce amongst Ashkenazi couples. Family matters such as divorce are handled by rabbinical courts in…

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Father who left Orthodox community ‘must see children’

November 29, 2016 0 comments

family life

A father of two who left his Orthodox religious community must be allowed to continue seeing his children , a Family Court Judge has ruled. The case concerned a former couple living in London. Their two children are still quite young.. After their separation, they lived with the mother. The whole family had practised  Satmar…

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