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Women prefer ‘weak signals’ on dating websites

February 8, 2016 0 comments

relationships

Female users of dating websites typically replicate real world behaviour and avoid making the first move. An international team of management researchers examined 50,000 new users of a major US dating site. The subjects were give free access for a month to a normally paid-for feature – anonymous browsing, which allows users to view the…

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2.5m children living with problem drinkers

February 8, 2016 0 comments

family law

Around 2.5 million children in England live with parents who have problems with alcohol, MPs have claimed. A newly published report found that such children were “suffering in silence” because no councils in England offer specific help to those who have problem-drinking parents. In fact, a third of councils are cutting support for the drug…

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Ruling on parental consent alarms social workers

February 8, 2016 0 comments

deprivation of liberty

A judge’s ruling on parental consent could mean a sharp in increase in court applications, social workers fear. In Birmingham City Council and D, Mr Justice Keehan concluded that the consent of the parents of a seriously disabled teenage boy could not justify restrictions on his freedom of movement. The case concerned ‘D’, a 16…

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Risk of divorce ‘vanishes’ over time

February 8, 2016 0 comments

marriage, family law

The longer a couple has been married the less likely they are to seek a divorce, new research indicates. Campaign group The Marriage Foundation published Vanishing Divorce this week, a report based on data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In it, they claimed that once a couple has been married for ten years,…

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Mother and child can move to Poland

February 8, 2016 0 comments

family law

The Family Court has granted a Polish mother permission to move back to her home country with her two year-old daughter. While the child’s father is also from Poland, he and his parents have lived in England for “some considerable time”. By contrast, the mother only arrived in the country in 2010 and met the…

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Christian couple who lost adoptive son win retrial

February 7, 2016 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A decision to take the younger of two brothers from his adoptive parents should be reconsidered, the Court of Appeal has declared. The boy and his older brother, aged 10 and 13, were adopted by a devout Christian couple but the relationship faltered quickly. At the Court of Appeal, Lady Justice King noted that the…

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Florida considers ending lifetime alimony

February 5, 2016 0 comments

family law

A proposal to end lifetime alimony has been approved by a committee of Florida lawmakers. The state is one of the few in North America to permit lifelong spousal maintenance awards, a provision which has become increasingly controversial in recent years. Proposed reforms collapsed last spring but the draft legislation was later revised and reintroduced….

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