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Japan’s ratifies Hague Convention

On Friday 24 January 2014, Japan became the 91st Contracting State to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This marks a milestone in international children law and the end of a ...

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Parental child abduction on the rise

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released figures showing that, on average, almost two children are abducted abroad each day. The FCO has released a short film, ‘Caught in the middle’, to highlight the issues and encourage parents to think ...

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‘Killing the goose’: divorce and family businesses

We all know the old fable of killing the goose that laid the golden eggs, which warns against the dangers of excessive greed. The saying was applied by one family law judge to situations where there is a family business. ...

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Londoners braced for stressful Christmas

A new poll of the UK’s ‘Christmas stress factors’ finds that Londoners, particularly divorced or separated couples, are bracing themselves for a stressful festive season. According to the research 39% say they find Christmas “very stressful” rising to 51% for ...

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Adoption appeal success

Re E [2013] EWCA Civ 1614 Miles & Partners represented a mother of three in her appeal against an adoption order for her youngest child. The appeal was successful, the adoption order set aside and replaced with an interim care ...

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Amanda Dench, Family lawyer, Miles & Partners in London

Miles & Partners praised for their pro bono work

Miles & Partners have been praised for their willingness to provide pro bono support to a mother facing imprisonment who was ineligible for public funding. Proceedings had been issued by the Solicitor General following the mother’s failure to deliver up ...

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Church wedding bells to ring for all by summer 2014

After many years of both expectation and anticipation The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill made its final journey through Parliament, receiving Royal Assent on 17 July 2013. The Royal Assent places the final seal on a modern law and has ...

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47% of children now born outside marriage

The Office for National Statistics show that the proportion of children born outside marriage or a civil partnership has now risen to 47.5%. Cohabiting couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples when it comes to financial ...

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Joining the London Legal Walk for the London Legal Support Trust

Walking for justice: London Legal Walk 2013

The 9th London Legal Walk is a 10km “after work” walk. Led by the Lord Chief Justice and an array of legal luminaries, 6,000 walkers raised £540,000 last year. The 2013 Walk is set to be a record breaker, with ...

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