Hormone levels linked to chances of divorce

February 16, 2016 0 comments

family life

Researchers have linked levels of a major hormone to women’s chances of getting divorced after giving birth. Oxytocin, produced in the hypothalamus region of the brain, plays an important role in social bonding and childbirth, amongst other functions. The researchers collected saliva samples from 341 pregnant women twice as their pregnancy progressed, and then again…

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English children among the unhappiest

February 16, 2016 0 comments

children in care

English children are amongst the unhappiest in the world, researchers have claimed. Out of 16 countries English children ranked 13th in terms of overall happiness. The only countries with unhappier children were South Korea, Nepal and Ethiopia. The happiest countries surveyed were Romania, Poland and Columbia. Researchers interviewed 990 eight year-old children in England as…

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Common law marriage – the myth that won’t go away

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February 16, 2016 2 comments

family law

The general public may (quite understandably) hold many misconceptions about the law. However, there can surely be few misconceptions that are so widely held and repeated than the myth of the “common law marriage”. Accordingly, anything that helps to dispel that myth must be welcomed. The latest such thing is a House of Commons briefing…

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Special guardian ‘spent allowance on drugs and alcohol’

February 16, 2016 0 comments

children in care

A seven month old baby has been returned to foster care after placement with family members which lasted just two weeks. The child, ‘R’, had been in care since his birth. Later the same year, social workers arranged a ‘special guardianship’ placement with his maternal aunt and her husband. The placement officially began on 15…

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Raising a child costs £230,000

February 16, 2016 1 comment

finances and divorce

The average cost of raising a child in the UK has reached £231,843 a new study has found. This is £12,588 more expensive than the average semi-detached house. The most expensive place to have children is London where each child raised there will cost around £253,638. By contrast the cheapest place in the country is…

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A note on divorce in the UK

February 16, 2016 1 comment

Marilyn Stowe

Marilyn Stowe’s ebook is a comprehensive guide to the every aspect of divorce and separation and is now in its second edition. In this extract, she looks at the differences between Scotland and the rest of the UK when it comes to divorce law. In the UK, “English law” applies in England and Wales. Northern…

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