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The Labour Justice Minister, Dan Jarvis, has called on the UK Government to introduce new laws that would mean domestic violence victims were not required to disclose their home addresses in open court, reports the BBC . The measures have been referr
Recent figures released by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and charity Reunite have revealed a sharp rise in the number of parental child abduction and custody cases . In 2003/04 the FCO was involved in 272 new parental child abduction and in
The UK’s Supreme Court has recently given its ruling in a long-running international child custody dispute that has seen the child in question move back and forth between the USA and UK. The case involved a child, K, who was born in 2006 in Texas and
The Child Support Agency (CSA) has now closed its doors to new applicants as the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) takes over all new child maintenance cases for the first time. Single parent charity Gingerbread has commented that this is the start of
The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill has passed stage one in the Scottish Parliament after MSPs voted 98 to 15 in favour of the legislation, with five abstentions, reports the BBC . The Bill was introduced in the Parliament on 26th June
The process of experts giving evidence in family courts is under the spotlight in England and Wales, with the Government publishing details of new national standards that it says will reduce unnecessary delays in court and increase the quality of the
The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill is continuing its progress through the Scottish Parliament, with the Equal Opportunities Committee recently publishing its Stage 1 report on the Bill . The majority of Committee members have apparent
Family courts in the UK appear to have been caught up in a scam involving couples from Italy who have allegedly faked UK residency in order to be able to get divorced in this country, reports the Telegraph . In Italy, couples are required to be separ
The last three years have seen a rise in the use of prenuptial agreements in the US, according to a recent survey of members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer (AAML). As many as 63% of members surveyed said they had witnessed this rise, a
National Records of Scotland (NRS) has published ‘Scotland’s Population 2012 – the Registrar General’s Annual Review of Demographic Trends’. This report is a compendium that brings together key demographic information from a range of publications pro
Women seem more likely to dissolve their civil partnerships than men, if new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) are anything to go by. The statistics , which do not cover Scotland (as these figures are not available yet), show that
The Scottish Health Secretary, Alex Neil, has given evidence before the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee in the closing stages of its scrutiny of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill , reports the Scotsman . The Bill,