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Family Law Archive - 2016 - Page 16

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South Australia refusal to recognise UK same-sex marriage

Calls for law reform rang out across much of Australia yesterday as it was revealed that the State of South Australia had refused to recognise the civil marriage of a British man, who died on his honeymoon. Following his husband David’s death in a freak accident in December, Marco Bulmer-Rizzi was required to put ‘never... Read More

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall engaged

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and former model Jerry Hall got engaged last week following the Golden Globes. The pair have been together for four months and are expected to tie the knot sooner rather than later. Due to Murdoch’s advanced years, this announcement has prompted commentators to wonder what Hall sees in her new beau, with... Read More

Doing it for themselves: Why I’ll always fight to empower women and children

Working as a divorce lawyer can be a game of two halves. As an entrepreneur, lawyer and employer, I work alongside some of the brightest minds around, often fiercely independent women who are keen to forge their own paths. Indeed many of my clients fit into that mould too. But sometimes I get to see the opposite of that: a determination to keep... Read More

Possible online avenues for the Small Claims Court

The interim report from Lord Justice Briggs exploring possible online avenues for the Small Claims Court was published this week. Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the Lord Chief Justice, commissioned the report last year because of concerns that ordinary people’s access to litigation has fallen victim to spiralling legal costs and cuts to legal aid.... Read More

Fiction vs Family Law: gaslighting in The Archers

As promised in the last blog, we’re checking back in on Rob and Helen from The Archers. You can read the first blog, but just to recap, Rob coerced Helen, his wife, into having a child, and then began to use her pregnancy as a way to control her. Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for people in an abusive relationship, and it seems... Read More

Marriage Foundation research on celebrity couples

Celebrity couples are twice as likely to see their marriages end in divorce as their non-famous counterparts, new research from the Marriage Foundation claims. The thinktank, which was founded by former high court judge Sir Paul Coleridge in order to promote marital stability, conducted research into 488 celebrity couples who married between... Read More

China adopts its first ever domestic violence law

There's something you may have missed over the festive period. While in England we were taking in the news of the Serious Crime Act 2015 (SCA 2015) and its implications for coercive control in intimate relationships, China was also taking steps to change the law for domestic abuse victims. What’s particularly historic about this... Read More

Inclusion of mothers’ names on marriage certificates rejected

Only the fathers of the bride and groom are currently listed on marriage certificates in Britain. MP Christina Rees proposed legislation last month to add space for mothers. This has since been rejected by the Home Office. Richard Harrington, a Home Office minister, said, “The Bill does not take account of different family... Read More

Interview with Professor Rosemary Hunter

Professor Rosemary Hunter is a lecturer in family law, jurisprudence and legal theory as well as being a specialist in socio-legal studies and gender at Queen Mary, University of London. She is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the Chair of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (since 2011), a founding editor of the online open... Read More

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

Those brave writers and filmmakers who turn their pens on the professions are almost always met with a pedantic chorus of eye-rolling and fact-checking: witness the discontented responses of paleontologists to Jurassic Park or of doctors to series like Casualty and ER. Novelist Ian McEwan has fared rather better. His previous novels, Saturday and... Read More
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