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Couple’s foreign marriage should be annulled, family court rules

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A woman born in the Philippines cannot divorce her husband because their marriage was bigamous, a family court judge has ruled. The hearing, conducted remotely via Skype, concerned a couple who married in the Philippines in 2005 before later moving to the UK. The wife filed for divorce in July 2018. The husband countered, later the same year, with a claim that their marriage had been bigamous because the wife had still been legally married to another man at the time of their wedding. It should therefore be annulled he argued. In addition, the husband noted that their marriage certificate…

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Family courts operating online

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Since the prohibition placed on public gatherings on March 23, the family courts have begun to operate on a remote basis. Unless there is a good reason not to do so, all hearings will now take place via video conference or telephone, while document and information exchange is undertaken via email. But this approach cannot come “at the expense of a fair and just process”, Family Division President Sir Andrew McFarlane has stressed Writing last month, Sir Andrew McFarlane explained that, despite the difficulties posed by operating a system remotely that was designed for face-to-face contact: “…There is a strong…

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Huge public support for legal aid

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Despite severe cutbacks in recent years, the public remains overwhelmingly in favour of legal aid a new report suggests. Legal needs of Individuals in England and Wales was jointly published by the Law Society and the Legal Services Board. It presents the findings of a major online survey conducted by the polling organisation YouGov last year, featuring input from over 28,000 people on 34 different legal issues: the biggest survey conducted on this topic to date. A decisive 92 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of legal aid. A significant majority (64 per cent) reported involvement in…

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Divorce linked to family history

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A person’s genetic background may influence the likelihood of them getting divorced, according to a joint US-Swedish study. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States and Lund University in Sweden examined data concerning nearly  83,000 individuals. Previous studies had shown that the children of divorced parents are more likely to get divorced themselves in adulthood but researchers had been assumed this was due to learned behaviour. To try and shed further light on the causes, the US-Swedish team compared the marital histories of adopted children in their data to that of both their adoptive and biological parents. Lead…

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