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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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A rare defended divorce has its day in court

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February 16, 2017 3 comments

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Update: some of our readers may have seen the original version of this post. That was partly based on information we received late on Wednesday from an apparently reputable source which nevertheless turned out to be incorrect. Our apologies for any confusion caused. After a relatively quiet start to 2017, some interesting family law cases…

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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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Egyptian women ‘most likely to hit husbands’

February 15, 2017 3 comments

family law

Egyptian women are the most likely of any nation in the world to be violent towards their husbands according to UN findings. Crime statistics from the North African nation show not only slapping and hitting but also the frequent use of household implements during violent outbursts, including belts, pins, shoes and pots and pans. Family…

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Life-saving treatment ‘can be withdrawn’

February 15, 2017 0 comments

family life

Doctors may lawfully withhold treatment of a baby born with a serious heart disorder, a Judge has ruled. The baby girl, now eight months old, was born with a malformed heart in which only one chamber pumped blood. Another serious condition caused the flow of blood into her lungs to be restricted. At the High…

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Parental alienation: who’s the real victim?

February 15, 2017 18 comments

Marilyn Stowe, family law

Earlier this week Cafcass suggested that ‘parental alienation’ is a form of child abuse. This is when one parent tries to turn their children against their former partner. Over the course of her 37-year career as a solicitor, Marilyn Stowe has dealt with thousands of people. In her experience those who try this tactic commonly present…

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French presidential candidate seeks to end gay marriage

February 15, 2017 1 comment

family law

French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has pledged to end gay marriage if she is elected. The leader of the far right party Front National released a document detailing 144 policy promises this week. A little over halfway through the document, at point number 87, Le Pen says she will replace the current system of…

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Social work exams due to start in November

February 15, 2017 0 comments

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Examinations for children’s social workers are scheduled for introduction in November. The exams will mark the first phase in the national rollout of a new accreditation scheme for social workers who work directly with children. They will be held across the 31 local authority regions which have volunteered to take part. The news comes via…

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