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Belgium opens shelter for battered men

April 1, 2015 0 comments

domestic violence

The first shelter for male victims of domestic violence has been opened in Belgium. Based in two flats at a secret location in the town of Mechelen, Antwerp, the shelter provides services and support tailored to male victims of ‘intimate partner violence’. Estimates suggest that around one in twenty Belgian men are affected by domestic…

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Widow of multi-millionaire successful in legal battle

April 1, 2015 0 comments

financial settlement

The widow of a multi-millionaire property developer has been successful in the latest round of her legal battle against his family. Ruanne Dellal had sought a closer examination of her late husband’s finances. The High Court has refused the family’s request to throw out her application. Upon Jack Dellal’s death in October 2012, his will…

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A matter of control by John Bolch

April 1, 2015 0 comments

family law

I wrote here yesterday about the recent child care case Rotherham Borough Metropolitan Council v L & Others, discussing the headline-grabbing aspect of the father’s insistence upon his right to smack his children. However, there were other aspects to the case, and today I want to discuss another facet of the father’s behaviour: his desire…

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High Court endorses restrictions on teenager

April 1, 2015 0 comments

family law

The High Court has endorsed restrictions placed on the liberty of a 15 year-old boy. The teenager in question, referred to as ‘D’, had begun to display abnormal behaviour from a young age. Doctors diagnosed him with with no less than three conditions: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome and Tourette’s Syndrome. Later a learning…

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Quality better than quantity for parenting time

April 1, 2015 1 comment

family life

The amount of time parents spend with their children is less important than how the time is spent, researchers have declared. Academics from Toronto and Bowling Green Universities conducted research described in The Washington Post as “the first large-scale longitudinal study of parent time”. Bluntly entitled Does the Amount of Time Mothers Spend With Children…

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India seeks to improve ‘shameful’ adoption record

March 31, 2015 0 comments

India, adoption

Government officials in India have proposed measures to improve the country’s “shameful” adoption record. Maneka Gandhi, the country’s cabinet minister for women and children, said it was “inexcusable” that potential parents were often waiting three or four years to complete an adoption, and proposed “to overhaul the system so it takes not more than four…

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Youth services need legal protection, group claims

March 31, 2015 0 comments

Youth

A coalition of 30 voluntary youth organisations has called on the Labour Party to include statutory protection for children’s services in its general election manifesto. Choose Youth has launched a campaign focused on the issue, urging Labour to incorporate services for young people in law in order to protect their funding and status if Labour…

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Nobody teaches you how to be a parent by John Bolch

March 31, 2015 0 comments

family life

Most of us enter parenthood, one of the most difficult and important tasks in our lives, with no formal training or instruction. The only experience we have of it comes from our own childhood, witnessing the parenting efforts of our own parents, whether good or bad. Otherwise, we simply muddle along, doing what we believe…

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