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Parental Responsibility affords the legal right to take decisions about such things as your children’s education, medical matters and religion.
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Legislation would prohibit sexual relationships in home during divorce

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Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are considering a bill that would prohibit people from dating or having a sexual relationship within their home while they are going through the process of getting a divorce.
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An Act relative to divorce, Bill S.787, was proposed by State Sen. Richard Ross, a Republican from Wrentham, on behalf of former Wrentham Selectman Robert LeClair.

Under the legislation, couples going through proceedings that involve children and a marital home would not be allowed to conduct relationships within the home until the divorce was finalized and custody issues were resolved. The only exception would be if they received "express permission" from the courts.

The bill was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

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Matthews v Matthews [2014] EWCA Civ 1874

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New on the Hub: Matthews v Matthews [2014] EWCA Civ 1874: Judgment: Wife's appeal in a financial pr... http://t.co/MUq6YmnpCq #familylaw

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'White means pure' singer Dencia defends Whitenicious - YouTube

Singer Dencia defends her skin care range Whitenacious. Is the message it sells controversial? Phinnah Ikeji of Black Role Models UK thinks it's the wrong me...
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Parents choosing fostering ... | Terre des hommes – Child Protection in Europe

Parents choosing fostering ... | Terre des hommes – Child Protection in Europe | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it

Hungary Nepszava

 

The Hungarian article is based on an interview with Maria Herczog, Hungarian member of the UNCRC on her views regarding a recently submitted bill on the new system of fostering in Hungary. The new bill proposes that all foster parents receive salaries, have to give up their daily jobs and need to care for at least 4 children. They are entitled to holidays during which time other services have to take over the care of the children.

 

According Maria Herczog the bill has an ‘air’ of the 1930’s and is a large mistake. It would, in her view encourage parents to choose to be foster parents simply because of the money – which will also mean that it will be predominantly very poor families, in rural areas with no other employment possibilities who choose to be foster parents. She points out that most children in foster care have special needs and previously foster parents legitimately took on one or two children only, to be able to give them enough attention. Also they need to be close to services like physiotherapy and developmental pegagogist – which are only ensured in larger municipalities.

 

While this article does not mention, other press coverage also pointed out how detrimental it was for fostered children that foster parents could go on holiday without the fostered children (reinforcing the idea that they are not part of the family?). Maria Herczog pointed out in addition to this that the salary proposed is meager and a 24-hour ‘job’ is required in return, without proper institutional support. She points out in the interview the different international practices that should be followed, including professional fostering, but in those cases the parents are well-qualified social workers, teachers etc. who can foster children with multiple challenges. Clearlythe bill seems to be a step-back for Hungarian fostering.

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The Cabinet of Ministers fo the Republic of Latvia: Home Page

The Cabinet of Ministers fo the Republic of Latvia: Home Page | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
See on Scoop.it - Public Law Children Act CasesAs generally known, during the World War II and in the post-war period Latvia was occupied by two totalitarian regimes – the Soviet Union and Na...
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Penn State to pay $59-million to 26 people over Jerry Sandusky

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Penn State to pay $59-million to 26 people over Jerry Sandusky

 
Penn State reported it is paying $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexua(...)

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5 Month Old Baby Left In Car Seat For 8 Days No Food, Water Or Diaper Changes, Dies

5 Month Old Baby Left In Car Seat For 8 Days No Food, Water Or Diaper Changes, Dies | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
Five month old Benjamin Sargent was dropped off at his mom and dad’s house strapped into his car seat. He was found in that same position 8 days later. Benjamin had died from an infection caused by feces in his diaper that eventually ate through his ...

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CONTACT: CW V SG [2013] EWHC 854 (FAM) – Termination of Parental Responsibility in Respect of an Unmarried Father - Rayden Solicitors Blog

CONTACT: CW V SG [2013] EWHC 854 (FAM) – Termination of Parental Responsibility in Respect of an Unmarried Father - Rayden Solicitors Blog | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it

CW v SG was heard in the High Court on 12 April 2013 by Mr Justice Baker and dealt with a mother’s application to terminate a father’s Parental Responsibility for their 8 year-old son (“D”) and the father’s cross application to receive regular updates about his son.

 

The mother had 6 children, of which D was the youngest. The father had been imprisoned for 4 years following his conviction for serious sexual offences against D’s half sisters, aged around 9 and 10 at the time.  While in prison he wrote to the mother to request contact with his son, however the terms of his licence upon release prohibited any contact between them father and D until June 2013.

 

Upon receipt of the letter, the mother moved the family away from the area to an undisclosed location and issued an application to terminate the father’s Parental Responsibility. The father claimed he was innocent of the criminal charges and issued a Specific Issue application seeking annual updates as to his son’s progress, to include photographs, school reports and details of any medical treatment received.

 

In the course of proceedings, the Court ordered a consultant clinical psychologist to be instructed and provide expert evidence as to any risk the father posed to the child in light of his criminal convictions and psychological profile.

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March Birthdays - Einstein

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A listening and vocabulary lesson about Albert Einstein (Born March 14, 1879), for adult English language students and young learners.


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Useful for IELTS general listening practice.

Tsisana Palmer 's curator insight, July 8, 8:10 AM

Always fun to teach English with stories about real people. Great list of academic vocabulary and listening practice. Can be followed up with a great discussion! 

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The Mother Who Never Was

The Mother Who Never Was | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it

I don’t write about my mother often. Of all my dysfunctional childhood relationships, my experience with my mother is the most painful.

 

I believe that small children have a disproportionate need for the feminine nurturing energy. When it’s not available, I think the pain runs deeper.

 

I am not suggesting that fathers are not needed. They are desperately needed. And their interactions with their children are critical to shaping that child’s future belief systems and relationships.

 

But for me, the lack of nurturing maternal energy seemed to leave a deeper mark.

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I think that some of my angst comes from my core belief that women should be protecting women. If we can’t count on each other, if we can’t come together to fight this battle against gender oppression, do we have a hope of moving society toward equality for all genders? Can we ask our male allies to do the work against gender oppression that we are not willing to do?

 

But for my mother, this oppression was a way of life. It was all she ever knew. She never had the innocent childhood we expect our children to live. She never had the opportunity to grow up. She was not supported when she spoke up about her abuse. She was not able to escape her abuser.

 

She lived the same childhood that I did. She formed her own ways of coping. Her coping mechanisms were coming from her child’s mind because she never had a chance to develop adult coping mechanisms. Some of her brain development was stunted at a young age because of trauma.

 

This is what happens to trauma victims. It doesn’t mean there is not development. Trauma survivors can be incredibly smart. But certain areas of the brain become stunted and separate, so there is no balance between logic and emotion. And some parts of the brain may become stuck in fight or flight mode, which leads to bad decisions.

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Rachel Canning Goes Home After Suing Her Parents. But It's Not Over Yet

After enduring a media barrage that's lasted more than a week, Rachel Canning, the New Jersey teen who’s suing her parents for financial support, returned home to her family on Tuesday night. But the very next day Canning's lawyer demonstrated that the case is far from over by returning to court, requesting that the parents pay for a guardian to be appointed for their 18-year-old high school student. 

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“The case is without any legal merit. Certain cases should not see the inside of a courtroom. This is one such case,” said Sarno, who recently replaced attorney Laurie Rush-Masuret on the case. “Government cannot police the day-to-day financial affairs of parents and their children while the family is intact.” As for her homecoming,he said, “They welcomed her back into the house. There is a long road ahead. The healing needs to begin," he added, “She’s home. Respect it. Let’s not figure out what the motivation was.”

But Sarno’s plea hasn’t stopped all manner of journalists, bloggers, and social media users from trying to analyze a situation that’s captivated the public since early March. That’s when reports first emerged that Rachel — who had been living at her best friend’s house since November — was suing her parents for immediate support, current private-school fees, and future college tuition. She claimed they’d been abusive and had driven her to develop an eating disorder, and that her dad was “inappropriately affectionate.” The parents, meanwhile, have maintained that their daughter moved out voluntarily after refusing to abide by their rules, and that she’s been abusing alcohol. 

Further complicating the situation is the fact that the father of Rachel’s friend — attorney and former freeholder John Inglesino — is bankrolling the lawsuit. And that, notes Naomi Schaefer Riley in aNew York Post opinion piece, is no small detail. “She’s a high-school student whose really bad choices have been encouraged by people much older, who should know better,” she writes. “Her parents’ authority has been undermined by the people they might least have expected — other parents.”

Meanwhile, though commentary from those who believe that Rachel is simply an entitled brat is ubiquitous, there are supporters out there, too. More than 1,500 people have liked the Education for Rachel Facebook page, an effort created anonymously (and, some commenters believe, by Rachel herself) to get the Cannings to pay for college. A recent post there notes: “Not living with your parents should not be punishable by loss of a quality education, this is how messed up higher education is, and that’s not Rachel's fault.” 

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Cafcass - Contact and residence

Applications for residence or contact orders are usually between private individuals, under s8 Children Act 1989. Where someone seeks an order in respect of a child who is in the care of the local authority it will be considered a public law matter.

In private law cases the child is not a party to the proceedings unless there are particular circumstances that make the case complex. The court can request a welfare report under s7 Children Act 1989, either from the local authority or from a Children and Family Reporter who is an officer appointed by Cafcass. The report will usually inform the court of the child's wishes and feelings, but the officer will make a recommendation based on what they think is in the child's best interests rather than just report on the child's wishes.

In some circumstances the court may order that the child is made a party to the proceedings. A Childre's Guardian (who again is an officer of Cafcass) is appointed to represent the child in the proceedings and the guardian will appoint a solicitor. If the child and Guardian do not agree on what recommendations to make to the court and the child is of sufficient age and understanding, they will be able to instruct a solicitor directly to represent their views and the Guardian will present their own views to the court.

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The Termination of Parental Responsibility: Awaiting the Court of Appeal's ... - Family Law Week

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'Diva of Divorce' hits out at 'rich-bashing' - Telegraph

'Diva of Divorce' hits out at 'rich-bashing' - Telegraph | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
A top lawyer criticises Britain's 'underdog culture that reviles the rich' after a High Court judge questions soaring legal bills in the country's biggest divorce case
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Mase Backs Out Of Secret Divorce Proceedings - UPTOWN Magazine

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Mase Backs Out Of Secret Divorce Proceedings
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The rapper turned pastor secretly filed for divorce on January 2, citing irreconcilable differences.
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Parental Rights

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Cases concerning parental rights raise issues mainly under Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. In order to determine whether the interference by the authorities with the applicants’ private and family life was necessary in a democratic society and a fair balance was
struck between the different interests involved, the European Court of Human Rights examines whether the interference was in accordance with the law, pursued a legitimate aim or aims and was proportionate to the aim(s) pursued.

 

Marckx v. Belgium

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Liverpool council to report David Cameron to United Nations over bedroom tax and benefit cuts

Liverpool council to report David Cameron to United Nations over bedroom tax and benefit cuts | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
Liverpool Council says the PM's government could be breaking international laws on ensuring people are kept out of poverty
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Berlin

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Berlin is up there with the world’s coolest cities; its multicultural vibe and historical legacy has made it one of the most popular places to visit in Europe. There is so much to do and see in Germany’s capital that renting a car for your stay might just be the most sensible option. Che... ( #travel source http://www.tctour.com/berlin/)


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Penn State child sex abuse scandal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Penn State child sex abuse scandal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Penn State child sex abuse scandal broke in 2011 at Pennsylvania State University, as a result of longtime former university football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual assault of at least eight underage boys on or near university property, and alleged actions by some university officials to cover up the incidents or to enable more.

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The trial of Jerry Sandusky on 52 charges of sexual crimes against children started on June 11, 2012, at the Centre County Courthousein Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

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Don't Sue Your Parents - Baby LK Report For March 16th 2013 - YouTube

Don't Sue Your Parents - Baby LK Report For March 16th 2013 For these stories and all the latest dirt on the child protective industry visit http://www.Legal...
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Consent for DNA and Parental Responsibility - DNA Clinics

Consent for DNA and Parental Responsibility - DNA Clinics | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
Consent will be sort from the person or persons who have parental responsibility for a child when it is appropriate. An unmarried father does not acquire parental responsibility automatically. If a child was registered after 1st December 2003, then the father will have parental responsibility for the child as long as he is named as the father on the child’s birth certificate (this includes being named on the certificate following a re- registration of the birth).
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NgoziAngelineGodwell (NgoziGodwell) on Twitter

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The latest from NgoziAngelineGodwell (@NgoziGodwell). “Freedom of speech is the freedom to speak freely without censorship” #Activist #FamilyLaw #HumanRights #SM #TFB #FelaFriday http://towardchange.wordpress.com/. London
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Shared parenting proposal

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UK Family Law Reform
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Ten years in prison for man who attacked his girlfriend - Jailed

Ten years in prison for man who attacked his girlfriend - Jailed | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
A man has been jailed after he violently assaulted his girlfriend. Today, Friday 14 March 2014, Lee Edwards  of Lever Street, Middleton was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court to ten years in prison. At 1am on Sunday 18 August 2013, Edwards and his girlfriend returned home from a night out and got into an argument. The woman attempted to leave the house but Edwards refused to let her leave. He grabbed hold of her and threw her on to the stairs. He then stood over her and repeatedly punched her in her face and on her body before biting her on the cheek, nose and shoulder.

The woman managed to get on to her side to crawl away when he threw her on her front and repeatedly stamped on her neck and all over her back.

The woman attempted to leave the house but Edwards stopped her and told her to go upstairs. He then strangled her with both hands so she could not breathe.

She managed to escape the house hours after Edwards had fallen asleep.
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Who benefits when households go solar? - The Age

Who benefits when households go solar? - The Age | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
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