Delighted to read Singapore’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew’s grandson, Li Huanwu, publicly came out of the closet earlier this month. Both Huanwu and his boyfriend, Yirui Heng, were featured in the Out in Singapore platform, which aims to foster acceptance and support for “LGBTQ persons who wish to come out to family, friends and peers in the community.”

Latest Singapore News and Headlines, Top Stories and Alternative Perspectives.
— Read on theindependent.sg/lee-kuan-yews-gay-grandson-publicly-comes-out-of-the-closet/

“Surrogate children are often left in legal limbo in Britain,” but the Times writes “reforms are on the way How the law is catching up with surrogacy”

Advances in medical science and shifts in attitudes to the meaning of family have led to a growth in non-traditional methods of procreation, including surrogacy.Ministry of Justice figures show that in the ten years to 2016, the number of parental order applications — the process by which legal pare
— Read on www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/how-the-law-is-catching-up-with-surrogacy-zn988n0rv

Quite rightly ‘Resolution, The Law Society and Women’s Aid issue joint call to government to urgently ban cross-examination of victims by their abusers in the family courts – Womens Aid’

Resolution, The Law Society and Women’s Aid issue joint call to government to urgently ban cross-examination of victims by their abusers in the family courts – Womens Aid
— Read on www.womensaid.org.uk/resolution-the-law-society-and-womens-aid-issue-joint-call-to-government-to-urgently-ban-cross-examination-of-victims-by-their-abusers-in-the-family-courts/

A danger in labelling social issues is highlighted by this recent report. That said, unsurprisingly social media ‘could’ be responsible for rise in lonely children, Childlike warns | The Independent

A rising number of children are contacting Childline about feelings of isolation and loneliness, new figures show. Childline has revealed that the NSPCC-supported service has delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18.

A rising number of children are contacting Childline about feelings of isolation and loneliness, new figures show.

Childline has revealed that the NSPCC-supported service has delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18.

This is only second year loneliness data has been recorded – it used to go down as “low self-esteem” or “unhappiness” – and the figures highlight a 14 per cent rise on the year before, when it assisted 4,063 young people struggling with feelings of isolation.

— Read on www.independent.co.uk/life-style/lonely-children-uk-rise-childline-counselling-girls-teenagers-social-media-a8428166.html

Some courts are trialling a new online service to apply about child arrangements. The court areas currently taking part are: Bristol, Grimsby, Guildford, Hull, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Reading, Slough and Watford.

To be able to try this service, the child or children must live within one of these court areas (you’ll be able to check this on the next page).

You’ll also need to meet the following criteria:

• you are a parent of the child or children

• you and the other person (the respondent) are both over 18

• you do not have a solicitor representing you

• you do not have a signed draft court order you want the court to consider making legally binding

— Read on apply-to-court-about-child-arrangements.dsd.io/

Growing number of children at risk of multiple dangers, major UK charity warns | Children & Young People Now

Read Growing number of children at risk of multiple dangers, charity warns and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
— Read on www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005482/growing-number-of-children-at-risk-of-multiple-dangers-charity-warns

The happy ending for this family does not help the thousands of other UK-born children whose pardon might not have British citizenship

Had the appeal been entertained, it would have determined whether children born in the UK but without British citizenship count as “persons from abroad” for the purposes of section 185 of the Housing Act 1996.
— Read on www.freemovement.org.uk/case-on-housing-rights-of-uk-born-children-dismissed-as-academic/

Mediation is key to avoiding the blame games that leads to futile and costly court battles

The Guardian today reports that lack of no-fault divorce in England and Wales is forcing separating couples into unnecessary and unsuccessful courtroom battles to establish who caused the breakdown, according to a report by the Nuffield Foundation.

In my experience as a mediator, this is very true but not just for couples divorcing but for a whole range of commercial and employment disputes, customer complaints and grievances – they are often settled by mediation or it that fails, by binding arbitration. Further more, the cost saving is enormous.

Nuffield Foundation says outdated law needs a no-fault divorce option
— Read on amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/apr/26/divorce-blame-game-leads-to-futile-court-battles-new-study-finds