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Family Law Archive - 2017 - Page 11

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Scotland to criminalise emotional abuse and neglect of children

Scotland’s Minister for Childcare and Early Years has announced that Scotland will soon be criminalising the emotional neglect and abuse of children. This new legislation will come in the form of updating the provisions in section 12 of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937. This transition aims to recognise the wide impact of... Read More

Holman J calls Facebook “a useful tool in the armoury” in adoption proceedings

The Honourable Mr Justice Holman, sitting in the Manchester family court, has expressed the merit of using Facebook to ascertain the whereabouts of a birth parent in order to serve them notice of adoption proceedings. The case concerned an application to adopt a four-year-old boy, the son of foreign nationals who were living in England at the time... Read More

Former couple settle 'titanic' divorce battle over holiday home

After racking up legal costs amounting to £800,000, an estranged married couple have finally put to bed their dispute over a jointly-owned house in Ireland's County Galway. Michael and Margie Hanley, whose assets total between £10 million and £14 million, separated after 33 years of marriage, with the husband alleging that... Read More

Curiosities of common law marriage

Common law marriage – the idea that a couple can obtain marital rights by living together without a formal ceremony – is a pervasive and dangerous myth in England and Wales. People who cohabit do not have the same rights as married couples and their assets will be governed by ordinary property law, which can be both complex and uncaring,... Read More

Security v Stability: leave to remove and financial provision in G v S [2017] EWHC 365 (Fam)

The Heads of Agreement of a Schedule 1 Children Act case between a millionaire and his partner have been amended to allow the mother to move jurisdiction with her daughter with the father’s permission. The original Heads of Agreement had contained a clause barring the mother from moving from the UK until the child, of whom she has primary... Read More

Court supports medical treatment for child without the consent of Jehovah's Witness parents

The recent decision of Mr Justice Peter Jackson in NHS Foundation Trust v T (2016) EWHC 2980 (Fam) found the administration of blood products to a two year old boy, T, without the express consent of Jehovah’s Witness parents to be lawful. The young boy, who suffers from low blood platelet count, and is suspected to have a medical condition... Read More

Heterosexual couple lose Court of Appeal battle to enter into civil partnership

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have lost their Court of Appeal battle to enter into a Civil Partnership. The couple took their case to the Court of Appeal following their High Court defeat last year, which met with widespread media coverage. They challenged the High Court judgment which ruled that they could not have a civil partnership... Read More

Supreme Court grants survivors’ pension to unmarried cohabitee

The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed an appeal by Ms Denise Brewster. The decision has been applauded as a positive step forward for cohabitating partners, as the effect of the judgment awarded a survivors’ pension scheme to an unmarried cohabitee. The decision brings the Northern Ireland public pension schemes in line with England, Wales... Read More

Court of Appeal rejects husband’s challenge to the validity of his Syrian marriage

The Court of Appeal has refused a university professor’s appeal to disprove the validity of his 16-year marriage. The case was first heard in May 2015 at the Oxford Family Court by HHJ Tolson QC after a documentary discrepancy was discovered during divorce proceedings. Lord Justice McFarlane defended the original judge’s application... Read More

Leader of Australia's populist One Nation party calls for compulsory prenups

In what has been described as her 'blue-print for Australia' Pauline Hanson, the founder and leader of the nationalist, right-wing party One Nation, has claimed that her party would introduce mandatory prenuptial agreements. Ms Hanson told NewsCorp that the Australian court system is "overloaded", and called for family law... Read More
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