High Court considers fraudulent divorce claim

February 17, 2018 0 comments

family law

The estranged wife of a wealthy Russian businessman has claimed she knew nothing about a divorce he says took place more than 11 years ago. At a preliminary High Court hearing this week, the woman insisted she had no knowledge of the “fraudulent” divorce in Russia before discovering documents in a safe. She now wants…

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The costs of unreasonable conduct in children cases

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October 18, 2017 1 comment

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The general rule on costs in English law is that the loser should pay the winner’s costs (lawyers refer to this rule as ‘costs follow the event’). However, that rule does not usually apply to family proceedings, in particular proceedings relating to children, because it is not considered appropriate to discourage family litigants from going…

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Teen brothers to live with wealthy father in Switzerland

October 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

The teenage sons of a wealthy Russian industrialist should be allowed to move to Switzerland to live with him despite their mother’s reluctance, the High Court has ruled. The boys in question were aged 15 and 13. Unsurprisingly their mother, with whom they’d been living, opposed the idea of the brothers moving to Switzerland. In…

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Swiss Parliament to consider four weeks’ paternity leave

July 14, 2017 0 comments

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An initiative which would award four weeks’ paternity leave to Swiss fathers has been lodged with the country’s parliament. Entitled in translation ‘For reasonable paternity leave – in favour of all the family’, the initiative was developed by four organisations: feminist group Alliance F, men’s group männer.ch, employment group Travail Suisse and family organisation Pro…

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Marriage ‘doesn’t benefit health’

May 30, 2017 0 comments

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The common belief that married people are healthier than their single counterparts is not supported by the evidence a researcher has claimed. Dutch sociologist Matthijs Kalmijn examined data from the Swiss Household Panel, a long-term survey of over 11,000 Swiss citizens. Over its 16 year run, participants were polled each year on their health and…

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UK maternity pay amongst the lowest in Europe

March 24, 2017 0 comments

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Rates of statutory maternity pay in the United Kingdom are amongst the lowest in Europe the TUC has claimed. Briitsh women are entitled to a total of 52 weeks’ maternity leave. The first six weeks are normally payable at 90 per cent of their regular wage. The rate then falls to just £139.58 a week…

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MPs explore the effect on family law of Brexit

December 21, 2016 8 comments

family law

The parliamentary Justice Committee has begun hearing evidence from lawyers as the members continue their enquiry into the legal implications of Brexit. Launched in the autumn, the enquiry is designed to explore the complex legal issues that will need to be addressed during the UK’s exit from the European Union. Lawyers who have addressed the…

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Switzerland sees child marriage surge

August 9, 2016 2 comments

family law

The number of underage marriages has dramatically increased in Switzerland over the last year. The Zurich-based Centre of Competance against Forced Marriage is a support organisation for victims. This week, they claimed they had discovered as many as 119 marriages which featured at least one partner younger than 18 years old since January. Twenty-six of…

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Indian court condemns video contact for father

August 2, 2016 0 comments

family law

Child contact via video link should be seen as a temporary solution only, an Indian court has ruled. Judges at the family court in Pune, central India, had been asked to rule on a dispute between a divorced couple. The mother had moved to Switzerland with her young child. The trip had originally taken place…

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