Domestic violence cross-examination in the spotlight

February 23, 2017 3 comments

domestic violence

The government has published a new draft bill which would ban the cross-examination  in court of domestic violence accusers by their alleged attackers. The Prison and Courts Bill was introduced today by Justice Secretary Liz Truss. Its various provisions include measures to address this controversial practice, which persists in family courts despite being prohibited in…

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Foreign spouse income requirement is ‘lawful’

February 22, 2017 3 comments

family law

The Supreme Court has ruled that a minimum income requirement for Britons who want to bring a foreign spouse to the UK is lawful. If a British person marries someone from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) they need to have an annual income of at least £18,600 before they are eligible to apply for…

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Free childcare increase ‘is price fixing’

February 22, 2017 0 comments

children, family law

A group of childcare professionals have claimed that government plans to offer 30 hours of free childcare per week from September constitute price fixing and an abuse of the market. Members of a campaign group called Champagne Nurseries on Lemonade Funding have written to the Competition and Markets Authority on the issue, in funding for …

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Is it just me or are these domestic abuse plans odd?

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February 21, 2017 3 comments

domestic violence

On Friday the Prime Minister’s Office, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice joined their formidable forces to publish a press release informing us that: “Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans for a major programme of work leading towards bringing forward a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act.” The news appears to have been generally…

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Thousands of children call helpline for bedtime stories

February 21, 2017 0 comments

family law

Thousands of children across the UK called a charity helpline asking to hear a bedtime story last year because their parents were in no condition to do so. Counsellors who operate the helpline for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) have revealed that they keep storybooks by their phones because some children call…

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Hands-on fathers experience bonding hormone

February 20, 2017 0 comments

family life

Hands-on fathers who play with their children experience a release of the same bonding hormone as mothers new research reveals. Oxytocin is produced when new mothers breastfeed and have other close contact with their babies. It encourages  empathy and a focus on the child’s needs, providing a sense of reward and bonding. In a new…

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Charity calls for male domestic abuse shelter

February 17, 2017 2 comments

family law

London needs a safe house for male victims of domestic abuse, a charity has insisted. Official statistics revealed there was an 80 per cent increase in the number of police reports from men claiming they were victims of abuse over a three-year period. In 2012, only 9,245 reports were made to the Met Police but…

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Children of older mothers are ‘more intelligent’

February 16, 2017 1 comment

family law

Children born to older mothers do better on intelligence tests than those born to younger women. Researchers from the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) made this claim following their analysis of three British long-term studies: one from 1958, another from 1970 and one from 2001. During…

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2.5 million children live with alcoholic parents

February 16, 2017 3 comments

family law

As many as 2.5 million children live with alcoholic parents in the UK, MPs and peers have claimed. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children of Alcoholics insists that such youngsters are more likely to consider suicide, develop eating disorders or develop alcohol problems of their own.  This week, the group launched a manifesto in the…

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