A new bill that could affect millions of couples in the UK has had its second reading in the House of Commons. If eventually passed, it could hugely increase the financial security of cohabiting opposite-sex couples, as well as offering them certain benefits that only their married counterparts currently receive. The number of cohabiting couples... Read More
A report recently published by the Coram Children’s Legal Centre has found that legal aid cuts made in 2013 have had a significant impact on the number of individuals who are able to enforce children’s legal rights in the UK, increasing the demand for private legal advice and representation. The Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) is an... Read More
In B v P (Children’s Objections) the High Court denied a father’s application pursuant to the Child Abduction and Custody Act 1985 and the 1980 Hague Convention based on the children’s subjective fear of return to their country of habitual residence, established as a defense under Article 13 of the Hague Convention. Facts... Read More
A Russian woman who underwent a voluntary double mastectomy has had her appeal to have custody of her fostered children, two mentally disabled boys, returned to her denied. The district court, in Russia’s Urals region, had been asked by a higher court to review its initial ruling which saw Yulia Savinovskikh lose custody in August of last... Read More
A bill to create equal civil partnerships has had its second reading in the House of Commons on the 2nd of February 2018. The bill deals with the right of opposite-sex couples to enter a civil partnership.
Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing & Shoreham, sponsored the bill. Loughton supported what he called a “long overdue change” to legally... Read More
If asked to picture a wedding most people picture a parish church, with flowers and pews of guests in dresses and morning suits. While religious ceremonies are fairly straight-forward in that they take place on religious premises, in recent years cheaper airfare and pricier ceremonies have led to a rise in exotic and fanciful venues for... Read More
In recent years, the practice and problems caused by female genital mutilation (FGM) have become much more widely recognised amongst the public in the UK. Campaigners have been in the news recently for the honours received as a result of their work and legislation such as the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 has been designed to protect girls at... Read More
Last week, Governor of Bermuda John Rankin signed into assent the Domestic Partnership Act 2017, making the British Overseas Territory the first ever jurisdiction to repeal same-sex marriage.
Equal marriage rights were only in their infancy before this roll-back. In May 2017, Bermuda's Supreme Court found in Godwin and DeRoche v The Registrar... Read More
In 1985, the birth of ‘Baby Cotton’ came with a very different kind of fanfare than that usually enjoyed by the family of a newborn child. Instead, the birth of the UK’s first baby born via commercial surrogacy led to a public outcry, with surrogate mother Kim Cotton being accused of selling a child for the sake of new curtains. Public... Read More
Key statistics have been released by the DWP, concerning the child maintenance arrangements of those families who have had contact with the Child Maintenance Options service (CMO).
What is the CMO?
Child Maintenance Options is often a family’s first port of call in terms of obtaining basic information about what it means to set up a maintenance... Read More
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