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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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Opposite sex civil partnerships to begin on New Year’s Eve

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Opposite sex couples in England and Wales will be able to enter civil partnerships for the first time on New Year’s Eve. Earlier this week the House of Lords approved the Civil Partnership (Opposite Sex Couples) Regulations 2019. These amend the Civil Partnership Act, which dates back to 2004. The newly altered provisions will allow straight couples to register civil partnerships in addition to their same sex counterparts. The amendments have been scheduled for 2 December 2019. As a 28-day notice period is still required when couples register their intention to marry or enter a civil partnership, 31 December will…

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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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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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