Ontario plans fatherhood opt-out

November 30, 2016 3 comments

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The Canadian province of Ontario could see the introduction of a legal opt-out for biological fathers. Draft legislation currently before the Legislative Assembly would absolve men of financial responsibility for future children if both parents agree in writing before conception that the man will play no parental role. One section of House Bill 28 states:…

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Rabbi claims married couples cannot live together

November 30, 2016 0 comments

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Jewish married couples should not be allowed to live together if their marriage certificate is damaged or destroyed by fire, a senior rabbi claims. Areas of Israel have experienced horrendous wildfires this month. The area hit hardest was Haifa, the country’s third largest city. More than 500 apartments were completely destroyed, as were 77 other…

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MPs pressed to introduce no fault divorce

November 30, 2016 0 comments

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More than 150 members of family law organisation Resolution will gather in Parliament today to lobby MPs for the introduction of no fault divorce. Solicitors and other legal professionals will meet parliamentarians and peers to discuss reform of current divorce laws in England and Wales which still require the legal attribution of blame for the…

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Exam requirements fuelling nursery staff recruitment crisis

November 30, 2016 1 comment

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Nursery staff should not need good GCSE grades in order to qualify, the National Day Nurseries Association has claimed. Daycare and nursery staff require a minimum of a grade C in English and Maths GCSEs in order to complete their professional training, but the ‘early years’ sector is suffering from a recruitment crisis and the…

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Most children now born to parents in their 30s

November 29, 2016 0 comments

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Most births now involve parents over the age of 30, the Office for National Statistics has revealed. Acoss the twelve months of 2015, 53 per cent of all births in England and Wales were to mothers aged 30 or over, the newly published statistics show. Meanwhile, in line with the social convention that the majority…

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Fashion mogul challenges £2.7m divorce settlement

November 29, 2016 2 comments

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A fashion mogul has launched an appeal against a £2.7 million divorce settlement. The former teacher, who built his own clothing empire, separated from his wife in 2002 after an 18-year marriage. Their divorce was then finalised in 2005. At the time, he agreed to let his ex-wife keep their marital home worth £700,000 and…

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It’s not the amount of contact it’s the quality

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November 29, 2016 17 comments

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The other day I read with interest the results of a new study into the involvement of fathers in early child-rearing, and its effect upon the behaviour of children. The study, by a team at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in the Nuffield Department of Population Health, concluded: “Psychological and emotional aspects of paternal involvement…

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Boys must remain close to father says Australian court

November 29, 2016 2 comments

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The mother of two boys may not move to Western Australia from the south-eastern state of Victoria, a court has ruled. The family currently live near the coastal city of Warrnambool. The boy’s father is of Aboriginal heritage while the mother has a European background. The parents are separated and the brothers have only a…

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