A derogatory prefix does not make it so

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January 8, 2018 2 comments

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I don’t think that the phenomenon I am going to discuss in this post is anything new, but it is certainly something that is much more common nowadays thanks, in particular, to the delights of social media. And when the ‘leader of the free world’ indulges in it, it is only going to become even…

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High Court unable to rule on parentage of surrogate baby

January 2, 2018 1 comment

surrogacy

A man living in London cannot be declared the legal parent of a toddler born to surrogacy, the High Court has ruled. The case concerned a former same sex couple whose marriage had broken down. While still together they had commissioned a child from a surrogate mother in the United States. The resulting daughter was…

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Stowe Family Law explains prenups to huge US audience

December 1, 2017 0 comments

marriage

Stowe Family Law Senior Partner Julian Hawkhead has been quoted in popular US magazine US Weekly, discussing the possibility that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might sign a prenuptial agreement before their forthcoming wedding. US Weekly is a celebrity and entertainment-focused publication with a circulation comfortably exceeding two million. Writing for the many fans of…

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Mother must return to US with her young daughter

November 8, 2017 0 comments

family life

A mother who left her son with his father in Florida will have to return to the United States with their daughter, despite her claims of domestic abuse the High Court has ruled. The case concerned a couple of Pakistani origin. The father had lived in the United States for a number of years before…

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Anglicans argue over gay marriage

September 29, 2017 1 comment

gay marriage

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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Marriage in America: the education gap widens

September 15, 2017 0 comments

family law

Education is increasingly becoming a factor in the US marriage rate, new figures suggest. Data from Washington DC-based think tank the Pew Research Center has revealed that only 50 per cent of Americans over the age of 25 with a high school education or less were married in 2016. Meanwhile this rose slightly to 55…

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America’s child marriage problem

August 31, 2017 2 comments

family law

More than 200,000 people under the age of 18 got married over a 15 year period in the United States. This has happened because individual state laws have too many provisions that allow child marriages to take place, according to a new report from violence victims’ charity the Tahirih Justice Center (TJC). Half of all…

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