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Names have been changed to protect the innocent

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Names are very important and emotive things. They are our labels, and our surnames act as markers to show who we all belong to as a family unit, both down the generations and through marriage. When a family separates, there are sometimes issues over surnames. Wives may wish to revert to their maiden names, or lose one part of the double-barrel. For children, it is normal practice (although there is no strict legal reason for it) for them to acquire their father’s surname. A few take their mother’s surname. For an interesting read from the Guardian on just this point…

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To immunise or not to immunise?

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Although there always seems to be some story about medical issues or a health related scare story in the news, it is not too often that it overlaps with family law. So we were interested to read about a recent case in the High Court where two children were ordered to be given the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine. You can read the judgment here. The children in this case are both girls, aged 15 and 11. Their parents had been married, and during the marriage they had agreed, following the well-publicised doubts about the vaccine’s safety, and its…

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