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Families must ‘open up about domestic violence’

September 27, 2016 0 comments

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Families and children must be encouraged to talk about their experience of domestic violence, experts have claimed. At a conference in London this week, health workers from around the country met to discuss how guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) could help victims. This was especially important as there…

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Divorce linked to physical pain

September 27, 2016 0 comments

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People going through divorce can suffer physical aches, pains and skin conditions, a marital therapist has claimed. Therapist Charlotte Friedman is a former family law barrister who left the Bar to found the Divorce Support Group, which provides a range of therapies to people ending their marriages. She said that “nearly all” her clients suffer…

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Supreme Court date set for inheritance dispute

September 26, 2016 0 comments

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The Supreme Court will hear an already well known case relating to an inheritance dispute involving major animal charities on December 12. Ilott (Respondent) v The Blue Cross and others concerns a ruling made by the Court of Appeal in July 2015. The estranged daughter of a woman who had left her entire estate to…

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Number of unhappy relationships in UK doubles

September 26, 2016 1 comment

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The number of people in the UK who are in unhappy relationships has doubled in five years, according to official figures. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that more than one million British people claimed they were “extremely unhappy” in their current relationship. This represents one person out of every twenty…

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Actress cleared of child abduction charge

September 26, 2016 0 comments

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An unnamed actress accused for abducting her child from Australia has been cleared of the charge by a High Court judge. Her former partner had made the claim after she returned to the UK just days after arriving in Australia to set up home with the child’s father, a documentary maker. The actress, known for…

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Regular date nights ‘lead to longer marriage’

September 26, 2016 0 comments

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Married couples who regularly go out together on ‘date nights’ stay together longer, new research suggests. The Marriage Foundation examined data relating to 9,969 couples with small children. The data came from people who had taken part in the Millennium Cohort Study, a long-term research project run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at University…

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Parental debt damages children’s mental health

September 26, 2016 1 comment

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Children suffer serious mental health damage if their parents have multiple debts, a charity has warned. The number of debts the family has is a more significant contributing factor to this problem than the amount owed, according to The Damage of Debt: a report published by the Children’s Society this week. Families who have to…

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US judge dismisses challenge to gay marriage opt-out

September 25, 2016 1 comment

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A US federal judge has dismissed a bid to overturn a gay marriage opt-out for magistrates in North Carolina. The regulation, introduced in June last year, allows legal officials in North Carolina to refuse to conduct same sex weddings on religious grounds. Under local law both criminal and civil magistrates have the power to conduct…

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