Gender pay gap responsible for low parental leave rates?

June 25, 2017 0 comments

family law

The gender pay gap could be responsible for the low levels of shared parental leave, according to a new survey. Introduced in 2015, this scheme allows parents to divide a year’s worth of maternity leave between them. Lawmakers hoped it would encourage fathers to be more involved in their children’s early lives. However, take-up has…

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Just a third of parents are home on time every day

June 22, 2017 2 comments

divorce

Little more than a third of British parents go home from work on time every day. Two charities – Working Families and Brighter Horizons – have urged parents to make more of an effort to leave work promptly so they can spend more quality time with their children. Their research revealed that just 34 per…

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Pregnant women in India told to avoid meat and ‘lust’

June 20, 2017 1 comment

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Pregnant woman in India should avoid eating eggs and meat and abstain from “impure thoughts” the government has announced. The advice was featured in a booklet about pregnancy and motherhood issued by part of the lengthily titled Department of ‘Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy’, or AYUSH for short. This in turn is…

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Parents find ‘dead’ baby is actually alive

June 20, 2017 0 comments

India, family law

An Indian couple were surprised to find that their child, who had been declared dead after a premature birth, was actually alive. The baby was born in a New Delhi hospital at 22 weeks after his mother was admitted due to heavy bleeding. However nursing staff could not find evidence the newborn was breathing and,…

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Women still do majority of the housework

June 17, 2017 1 comment

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Women still do the majority of the housework, according to newly published data. This is true despite the ever-increasing number of women who work full-time and those who are the breadwinners for their household. The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) analysed data from the2016 Census and found that, on average, women do around 14…

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Poverty affects one in five children in rich countries

June 16, 2017 1 comment

family law

One child out of every five from rich countries lives in poverty, according to the United Nations. Despite their wealth, these nations are simply not doing enough to combat child poverty and hunger, a report from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) suggests. One in eight children also faces “food insecurity”, meaning they do not have…

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More free childcare places available

June 16, 2017 0 comments

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Parents of young children in areas piloting the forthcoming increase in free childcare hours may benefit from a jump in the number of places available. Despite concerns over funding and availability, seven of the eight regions trialling the 30 hour provision due to be launched later this year have increased the total number of places…

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Egyptian parents could face jail over ‘western’ names

June 15, 2017 1 comment

family law

Parents in Egypt could be sent to prison if they give their children “western” names. A Parliamentary committee is currently debating legislation which would put such a policy in place. Under this law, parents who choose foreign names for their children would face a fine between LE1,000 and LE5,000 (Egyptian pounds) or up to six…

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Mother jailed for faking paternity test

June 13, 2017 3 comments

paternity

A mother from Merseyside has been jailed for faking a paternity test. Danielle Morris, from Seaforth, five miles north of Liverpool , received a one year jail sentence at Liverpool Crown Court this week. The 29 year-old had presented fraudulent DNA test results to a man with whom she had a brief relationship in 2013….

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