German parents in court over baby name

November 2, 2017 0 comments

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A German couple has decided to change the name of their baby after a closed door court hearing. The couple, from Kassel in central Germany, tried to register their newborn son as ‘Lucifer’ but were prevented from doing so by an official in the local registry office. Under German law, a baby’s name can be…

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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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Northern Ireland gay marriage bid rejected

August 18, 2017 4 comments

Family Law, Northern Ireland

A High Court Judge has rejected two challenges to Northern Ireland’s ban on gay marriage. Mr Justice O’Hara said social policy in the Province should be decided by the Stormont Assembly rather than the Courts. He had been asked to rule on two cases against the prohibition which were heard at the same time because…

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Lithuanian grandfather denied care of four children

August 8, 2017 1 comment

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The High Court has refused to place four children in the care of their Lithuanian grandfather. All four children, who were one, two, five and seven years old respectively, were placed in foster care last year following an interim care order. However the judgment did not specify why they had been removed from their parents….

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UK sees child homelessness rise 37%

July 25, 2017 3 comments

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The number of homeless children in the United Kingdom has risen by a staggering 37 per cent since 2014. There are now around 120,540 children being housed in temporary accommodation throughout the country, a number which has gone up by 32,650 since the second quarter of 2014. This increase is the equivalent to 906 children…

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Just a third of parents are home on time every day

June 22, 2017 4 comments

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Little more than a third of British parents go home from work on time every day. Two charities – Working Families and Brighter Horizons – have urged parents to make more of an effort to leave work promptly so they can spend more quality time with their children. Their research revealed that just 34 per…

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Charlie Gard given six more days life support

June 14, 2017 0 comments

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Severely ill child Charlie Gard must be kept on life support for six more days, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has declared. In an interim ruling late on Tuesday, Judges in Strasbourg ordered that Charlie’s treatment must continue until midnight on Monday so they have time to properly consider the case. The ten…

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Young people ‘must be involved in Brexit’

June 2, 2017 3 comments

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Young people must be involved in Brexit negotiations a charity has claimed. The British Youth Council says that as younger people will be most affected by the economic consequences of leaving the European Union, they deserve to have their views heard. In a manifesto published ahead of next week’s General Election, the youth charity insists:…

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