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Protecting British Citizens Abroad

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This week the case of Amina Al-Jeffery has hit the headlines. Amina is a 21-year old British citizen with joint Saudi Arabian nationality who is currently in Saudi Arabia, and there is evidence that her father is holding her there against her will. On the basis of that evidence, the courts in this country have made an order that she should be permitted to return here. There are clear echoes of cases under the Hague Convention ordering the safe return of abducted children, but of course Amina is an adult. The whole process has raised interesting issues about how far…

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Stopping forced mariage

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Marriage is a human right, protected by the European Convention on Human Rights, and under UK law by the Human Rights Act. Weddings should be joyous occasions when two happy people publically mark their commitment to one another. However, as we all know, that is not always the case. There exists a market for so called “sham marriages” and sadly the abusive practice of forcing children and young adults to marry against their will continues both here and abroad. In a positive development, this week two new offences take effect which relate to forced marriage. The two new offences are…

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A marriage or not?

By | Children, Law news, marriage | One Comment

Here at CFLP most of the work we do involves private law, which is helping individuals and their families through relationship breakdown, or advising in relation to happier events such as forthcoming marriages or moving in together. The other main part of family law is known as public law and involves a public body such as a local authority intervening in family life, usually in relation to concerns over a child’s welfare. Those interventions can lead to care orders (children being taken into care) or sometimes adoption orders, among other things. On occasion those two areas overlap, as happened in…

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