First shelter for male domestic violence victims in Portugal

September 30, 2016 0 comments

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Portugal’s first shelter for male victims of domestic violence opens today (September 30) in the city of Faro, on the country’s southern coast. The government-funded shelter offers space for up to ten men unable to return to their own homes. Legal advice and counselling will be available to the residents, along with “social solidarity”. They…

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Adoption rate sees sharp drop

September 30, 2016 0 comments

family law

The number of children who have been adopted fell for the first time in four years in 2016. Figures published by the Department for Education have revealed that 4,690 ‘looked after’ children were adopted this year. This is a 12 per cent drop from the 5,360 last year. The fall is the first since before…

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Soldier’s widow wins right to preserve embryos

September 30, 2016 0 comments

family law

The wife of a military medic who died suddenly has won the right to preserve the fertilised embryos they created. Samantha Jefferies lost her husband, Clive, a Falklands war veteran, in 2014. The couple were in the midst of NHS fertility treatment when he fell victim to a sudden brain haemorrhage aged just 51. They…

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The mind and body in divorce

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September 29, 2016 0 comments

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My eye was caught this week by a short report in The Times. It’s a simple 200 word story about the actor Laurence Fox.. He’s best known, perhaps, for co-starring in Inspector Morse-spin-off Lewis.  I confess I am an avid fan. I loved watching Morse, constantly watch the reruns and the same goes for Lewis….

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Ten per cent rise in family court cases

September 29, 2016 0 comments

family law

Ten per cent more cases were heard in the family courts between April and June, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has reported. A total of 66,328 came before judges over the three months: according to the Ministry’s latest statistics quarterly. The figure was ten per cent lower in the same quarter last year the MoJ…

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Additional £25m allocated for children’s mental health

September 29, 2016 0 comments

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The government has allocated an additional £25 million to mental health services for children. Around £149 million was awarded to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) throughout the country this year in order to improve this area of healthcare and this is expected to increase each year until 2020/21. CCGs are NHS-led groups which decide how government…

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