A maintenance order for pets?

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May 18, 2017 4 comments

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ASK A FAMILY LAWYER In this regular column, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  Today’s topic goes to Rachel Roberts, a Partner in our Leeds office. If you have a question, send it to ask@stowefamilylaw.co.uk and we’ll choose one to be featured in the next Ask A Family Lawyer. Blog reader…

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Children prefer pets to their brothers and sisters

January 31, 2017 2 comments

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Some children have better relationships with their pets than they do with their brothers and sisters, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Cambridge surveyed 12 year-olds from 77 families with at least one household pet. The children reported more positive emotions about their experiences with their pets than they did for…

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Alaskan divorces to ‘consider well-being of pets’

January 25, 2017 4 comments

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The state of Alaska has become the first to include considerations of pets in its divorce statutes. This week a new provision took effect which instructs family courts to take “the well-being of the animal” into consideration during divorce cases. The new law will change the way disputes over pets are handled as they will…

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Husband wins dogs in bitter divorce row

January 10, 2017 0 comments

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A childless couple in the Indian city of Ahmedabad argued bitterly over custody of their dogs when they divorced, The Times of India reports. The man and wife, who lived in the suburb of Vastrapur, had been married since 2003. Problems in their relationship began around 2010 and the marriage eventually broke down five years…

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Dogs and divorce

March 19, 2016 3 comments

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Dogs and other pets are often affected by family breakups, an animal behaviourist has claimed. Australian Kate Mornement holds a BSC in zoology and a PHD in canine behaviour. Speaking to ABC News, she said: “I do see quite a few cases of pets with behaviour problems following separation or divorce… most commonly separation anxiety…

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US law would include pet welfare in divorce proceedings

March 19, 2015 0 comments

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A proposed new law would require Alaskan family courts to consider the welfare of pets when hearing divorce and domestic violence cases. The bill, introduced in the state legislature earlier this week, was designed to discourage the use of pets as emotional leverage in acrimonious break-ups. Judges would need to specifically consider whether the current…

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Have children, Pope tells the faithful

June 4, 2014 2 comments

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The head of the Catholic Church has told married couples to have children rather than pets. In a homily delivered earlier this week, Pope Francis said couples who did not have children were destined for “the bitterness of loneliness” in old age. The 77 year-old Pontiff, born in Buenos Aires, held a special service for…

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Pets and divorce by John Bolch

January 14, 2014 2 comments

A survey by the Dogs Trust last week came up with the finding that a fifth of separating couples found deciding who gets the dog to be “as stressful” as deciding who should care for the children. Apparently, some people are so concerned about what will happen to their pooches if their relationship with their…

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The judge and the bone of contention

January 28, 2011 2 comments

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This week I received a very nice email from a trainee solicitor in South Yorkshire who had read my post Justice with Courage: doing the legal laundry, and was enthused by it. It was very kind of him to write, and was much appreciated. It is also heartening to see that there are young lawyers…

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