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Children should spend time with alienated father court rules

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A mother who had pressured her children into rejecting their father must allow them to build a healthy relationship, a family court judge has ruled. During a High Court session in Brighton, His Honour Judge Bedford noted that disputes between the parents dated back many years. “The two children in this case have been the subject of litigation, on and off, for much of their lives, one child being aged 11 years and 5 months and the other children being 10 years and one month. “ He explained: “Fortunately for the children, contact took place on a regular basis following the…

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Scottish Parliament introduces Civil Partnership Bill

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The Scottish Parliament has introduced a bill extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples north of the border. The move follows last year’s Supreme Court ruling that the exclusion of heterosexual couples from the civil partnership option had become incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights since the introduction of same sex marriage. This had resulted in same sex couples having the choice of traditional marriage or a civil partnership, while their opposite sex counterparts were limited to marriage. The Scottish government conducted a public consultation on the matter last year, asking whether the abolition or extension of civil partnerships…

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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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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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