Contact ideas, refuges and shouting barristers

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March 29, 2018 0 comments

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A week (well, nearly) in family law Lord Justice McFarlane has put forward some interesting ideas regarding the issue of contact, both in relation to contact with adopted children by members of their natural family, and in relation to private law contact disputes between parents. In a speech to the NAGALRO annual conference he said…

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Scottish advocate seeks cancellation of divorce

February 24, 2018 0 comments

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A Scottish advocate has applied to the country’s highest court to have a divorce decree granted to his wife set aside. Raj Jandoo, 60, was the first person from an Asian background to be become an advocate in the Scottish courts, a role equivalent to barrister south of the border. In 2010 he met his…

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Scotland ‘should raise age of criminal responsibility’

October 10, 2017 0 comments

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Scotland should raise the age of criminal responsibility to 15 rather than the currently planned 12, the Children’s Commissioner has claimed. Currently the age of criminal responsibility north of the border is just eight, the lowest in all of Europe – but the Scottish government plans to raise it to 12, bringing it into line…

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Scottish Anglicans defiant on gay marriage

October 8, 2017 0 comments

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The Scottish branch of the Anglican Church has refused to back down in its support for gay marriage after the imposition of sanctions. Over the summer the Scottish Episcopal Church voted to allow same sex wedding ceremonies to take place in church buildings, to the dismay of the dismay of more conservative elements within the…

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Anglicans argue over gay marriage

September 29, 2017 1 comment

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The Scottish branch of the Anglican Church faces sanctions from other Anglicans following its acceptance of same sex marriage. The Scottish Episcopal Church voted to allow same sex marriages ceremonies in churches by a huge majority over the summer, to the stern disapproval of believers in other countries who together making up the global ‘Anglican…

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Child bride seeks end of underage marriage in UK

September 4, 2017 1 comment

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A girl who was married at 14 has urged the British government to outlaw the practice for 16 and 17 year olds. Born and raised in Afghanistan, the girl was only 13 when her family told her that she had been engaged to a relative of hers who lived in London. She was bitterly opposed…

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The rights of Scottish cohabitees by Jennifer Gallagher

August 14, 2017 1 comment

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In Scotland, financial provision for cohabitants on separation and death is set out in the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006. This gives cohabitants a certain degree of rights. However, it is unclear whether cohabiting couples in Scotland are better off than their counterparts south of the border. In July 2007 the Law Commission in England…

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