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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Nepal approves transgender woman’s marriage

October 10, 2017 0 comments

family law

Authorities in Nepal have approved the first marriage in the country’s history to involve an openly transgender woman. Monika Shahi Nath married 22 year-old Ramesh Nath Yogi back in May but their marriage certificate has only just been approved. The 40 year-old bride grew up in a remote village in the south-east Asian country. Having…

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An annual report, a transgender child, and more

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September 15, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law In his final annual report before retirement, the Lord Chief Justice reviewed developments in family justice over the year. Of the sustained increase in public law cases, coming at a time of static judicial resources, he says: “The President of the Family Division has described the situation as a crisis,…

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Government considering reform of gender laws

July 25, 2017 2 comments

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Transgender individuals may find it easier to legally change genders under plans being considered by the government. At present an official diagnosis of gender dysphoria is required. People with this condition believe that their actual gender does not match their physical sex.  In addition, a certificate issued by a ‘gender recognition panel’ is needed. But…

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

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February 1, 2017 1 comment

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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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