Convicted sex abuser ‘still has parental rights’

November 25, 2017 0 comments

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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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Japanese teacher ‘must use married name’

October 18, 2016 0 comments

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A Japanese school teacher has been told by a Tokyo court that she must use her married name at work. The woman had filed a lawsuit against her employer after he refused to let her use her maiden name when she dealt with students and parents. However, the three judges who heard her case ruled…

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New guidance on changing names

August 30, 2016 0 comments

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The government has issued new guidance on the process for changing names on official documents. While the majority of people apply to change their names for legitimate reasons such as getting married, the guidance notes, applications can also in some instances be linked to crime and fraud. Therefore: “The policy is focussed on achieving two…

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’80 per cent of women still take husband’s name’

April 3, 2016 1 comment

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Over 80 per cent of women still take their husband’s surname, an Australian academic has claimed. Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes is Head of Women’s Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. Speaking to ABC Adelaide, she said the tradition of a woman taking a husband’s surname reflected a longstanding cultural belief that women were the property…

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High Court allows woman to change her sons’ surname

November 6, 2014 0 comments

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A mother of three year-old twins has been allowed to change their surnames after their father began blogging about the family’s acrimonious split. In Re F, the parents in question had married in 2013, before separating in April last year. The children had lived with their mother since the split and had seen their father…

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Important cases: Dawson v Wearmouth

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July 8, 2014 0 comments

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The surname used by a child after his or her parents separate can be an extremely emotive issue. This is particularly so where the child lives with the mother and the mother has changed her surname, for example by way of remarriage or by reverting to her maiden name. It can be even more so…

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Marriage, divorce and surnames

February 21, 2013 1 comment

Let’s talk about surnames. They’re very easy to take for granted and most of the time we don’t give them much thought at all. We might have an unusual surname but even then, spelling it out over the phone to strangers just becomes part of every day life for most of us. We might occasionally…

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