Silly season

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January 2, 2018 3 comments

family law

I thought that the expression ‘silly season’ referred to the period in high summer when there was so little news about that news outlets had to come up with various ‘silly’ stories to fill their publications. However, it seems from some of the things I read last week that the term can just as well…

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Puppy pictures key to happier marriage?

June 22, 2017 1 comment

family law

Looking at pictures of puppies, kittens and other cute animals makes marriages happier, a new study has suggested. Academics from Florida State University have found that creating a “positive association” between spouses helped the couples’ attitudes towards each other. In this study, the effect was created by showing married people photos of cute animals alongside…

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Husband wins dogs in bitter divorce row

January 10, 2017 0 comments

divorce

A childless couple in the Indian city of Ahmedabad argued bitterly over custody of their dogs when they divorced, The Times of India reports. The man and wife, who lived in the suburb of Vastrapur, had been married since 2003. Problems in their relationship began around 2010 and the marriage eventually broke down five years…

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Judge refuses to treat dogs as children

December 22, 2016 2 comments

family law

A judge in Canada has refused to treat dogs as members of the family during a divorce case. Justice Richard Danyliuk sits on the Court of Queen’s Bench for the western province Saskatchewan. The court deals with family law issues such as divorce and wills. In this case, the judge dealt with a couple who…

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Dogs and divorce

March 19, 2016 3 comments

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Dogs and other pets are often affected by family breakups, an animal behaviourist has claimed. Australian Kate Mornement holds a BSC in zoology and a PHD in canine behaviour. Speaking to ABC News, she said: “I do see quite a few cases of pets with behaviour problems following separation or divorce… most commonly separation anxiety…

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Families with dogs rejected as foster carers

February 10, 2015 8 comments

dog, children

A significant number of potential foster carers with dogs are being rejected by local authorities who worry that their homes may not be safe for young children. Social workers have become much more cautious about such potential foster carers, the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) has claimed, in light of a reported rise…

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Pets and divorce by John Bolch

January 14, 2014 2 comments

A survey by the Dogs Trust last week came up with the finding that a fifth of separating couples found deciding who gets the dog to be “as stressful” as deciding who should care for the children. Apparently, some people are so concerned about what will happen to their pooches if their relationship with their…

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