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Professor Norrie's Commentaries on Family Law$
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Kenneth Norrie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781845861193

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861193.001.0001

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(p.215) Commentary No 41: July 2009
Professor Norrie's Commentaries on Family Law

Kenneth McK Norrie

Edinburgh University Press

Discusses a case in which, after years of defying court orders to allow her ex-partner contact with his child, the court eventually lost patience and jailed the mother for contempt of court. Also discusses (and criticises) the new rules in the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 and suggests that the legislature would have been better to adopt the suggestion of the Scottish Law Commission and decriminalise sexual activity between young people when they were both under age. Finally, this commentary suggests (in 2009) that, given international developments, the Scottish Parliament will sooner or later have to address the question of opening marriage to same-sex couples.

Keywords:   Contact orders, Implacably hostile resident parent, Contempt of court, Residence of child, Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009, Children's hearings, Same-sex marriage

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