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Sharing your children like an adult

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There’s no question about it: successfully co-parenting your children after divorce or separation can be a challenge. It requires mutual goodwill, patience and commitment: all virtues which are easier listed than practiced, of course. Most parents want the best for their children, and are perfectly willing to work hard to ensure their happiness and welfare. They know that contact with both parents – whenever possible – has an important role to play. But it’s all too easy to lose sight of the latter principle if your marriage or relationship ended acrimoniously. Parents filled with bitterness towards their former spouse or…

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Proportions of mothers born outside the UK falls for first time in 28 years

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The number of births to mothers born outside the UK fell last year for the first time since 1990. Two years ago 28.4 per cent of live births fell into that category, but this had dropped to 28.2 per cent by 2018 according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Of a total of 471,476 live births, 185,569 were born to the mothers from outside the UK. Poland and Pakistan were the two commonest countries of origin, but the proportion from both nations also fell in 2018. The majority of foreign-born fathers were also Pakistani. This has…

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High Court considers “nightmare” adoption case

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A toddler placed with prospective adopters should be returned to her biological parents, a High Court Judge has ruled. This emotional case concerned ‘A’, who turned one in July. Sitting in the Family Court at Cardiff, Mr Justice Francis described the dispute over her future as one involving “two decent couples” who “have found themselves pitted against each other in litigation which none of them could have wished for in their worst nightmares.” “…the human misery in this court is palpable,” he noted. Before A’s birth her parents had decided to give her up for adoption. They had been experiencing…

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Surrogate mothers ‘should be paid’ says Bar Council

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People who commission surrogate children should able to able to pay the birth mothers, the Bar Council has claimed. Currently it is only legal in the UK to cover the expenses incurred by surrogate mothers and commercial arrangements are illegal. But the Bar Council, which represents barristers across England and Wales, now believes that: “It should be open to intended parents to compensate a surrogate for career interruption, disruption to career progression and loss of earnings or bonus or other remuneration by reason of the pregnancy, childbirth or the post-partum recovery.” The claim was made by the Council’s Law Reform…

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