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Family law issues relating to foreign superannuations, pensions

Dealing with superannuation policies on divorce is one of the harder elements of family law work. But when there are foreign supers, pensions, involved, the matter becomes incredibly more complicated. Superannuations differ around the world with different fiscal implications, benefits, valuations and level of funds consistent with the lifestyle and overall finances of the family. Advice from a super adviser…

Open offers after FDRs: is 21 days too soon?

Changes in the Family Procedure Rules (FPR) were announced in February 2020 including from a consultation in summer 2019 about costs in family law proceedings. One significant change is a requirement for open offers to be made 21 days after the FDR or such other period as the court may direct. In most cases, 21 days will be far too…

Digital domestic abuse: the need for international laws and protections

There is urgent need for cross-border protection from digital domestic abuse. Existing laws in respect of cross-border domestic abuse protections are patchy, confined to a few countries and relatively rarely enforced. Specifically they anticipate domestic abuse will be of a physical or verbal threatening nature. However domestic violence or other physical domestic abuse is often accompanied by, or just is,…

Appointed Professor at the University of Law and at University of Leicester

I have been absolutely delighted and honoured to have been asked to be a visiting Professor at the University of Law (ULaw) and, separately, Honorary Professor at the University of Leicester The appointment as a Visiting Professor by the University of Law was part of their first ever panel of 11 newly created Visiting Professors. The University of Law is…

Remain in Jesus love

Isaiah 5:1-7 New International Version (NIV) The Song of the Vineyard 5 I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside. 2 He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a…

Who is my neighbour

Luke 10:25-37 New International Version (NIV) The Parable of the Good Samaritan 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart…

Headhunted for the kingdom

Mark 3 7-19 New International Version (NIV) ;  Jesus disciples are both called and sent 7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. 8 When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. 9 Because of…

The truly great God

Isaiah 40. 6-31       Isaiah chapter 40 A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass…

The heart of true worship: doing justice

Amos chapter 5   4-7 10-15   18-24 4 This is what the Lord says to Israel: “Seek me and live; 5     do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba. For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing.[a]” 6 Seek the Lord and live, or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph…

The evidence for the …. Platypus

The evidence for the …. Platypus     In 1770 Captain Cook discovered Australia. Ignore the fact that the indigenous population, the aborigines, had discovered it thousands of years before and it was their home. Suddenly the Western world was fascinated by this cut-off continent with very different wildlife.   The early explorers were intrigued by mammals that hopped along…

The evidence for the resurrection

At the beginning of a service on this most glorious of Sundays in the Christian year, the leader continues a 2000-year tradition and says: The Lord is risen. And the congregation with hearty acclaim says: He is risen indeed. Hallelujah   Is he? Is that too scandalous to ask on this day of all days? How do you know?  …

The story of Mary and Martha

Luke 10:38-42 New International Version (NIV): At the Home of Martha and Mary 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all…

Scripture in song: In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found He is my light, my strength, my song; This Cornerstone, this solid Ground, Firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, When fears are stilled, when strivings cease! My Comforter, my All in All, Here in the love of Christ I stand.   2.1       In Christ…

The Cosmic Christ: an introduction to Christian theology on ecology

Colossians 1.15-20:   The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things…

Live your life as foreigners here, as citizens of the kingdom of God

1 Peter 1:17-23 New International Version (NIV) 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you…

Moses – Prince of Egypt. Pharaoh, Plagues and Passover

Exodus 12: 3-14 The Passover    Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lam] for his family, one for each household. 4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbour, having taken into account the number of people…

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