Parents get 1 hour a day to themselves

September 23, 2017 0 comments

family law

British parents get less than one hour to themselves every day, a new study has revealed. A poll of 2,000 parents found that, on average, the amount of time they have to themselves in a single day is just 48 minutes. For most this does not occur until almost 9pm but one in ten does…

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Irish divorces fuelled by overwork

September 16, 2017 0 comments

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The most frequently cited reason for divorce amongst Irish couples is overwork rather than adultery, according to a spokesman for the Irish Law Society. Keith Walsh is Chairman of the Society’s family law committee. Speaking to the Irish Independent, he explained the key social issue fuelling divorce in the Republic: “People are not physically present…

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Iceland asks: what’s in a name?

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September 15, 2017 0 comments

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Inhabitants of the isolated North Atlantic nation of Iceland have begun t to chafe against strict rules on what they can and can’t name their children. An official government organisation – the Mannanafnanefnd (|Personal Names Committee) – has specified the names which Icelandic parents may give their children since 1991. Staffed by three academics, the…

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Ending it all: divorce and suicide

September 9, 2017 5 comments

family life

Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday (September 10), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has summarised its latest statistics on the prevalence of this drastic act. A total of 4,941 people ended their lives in England and Wales last year, the ONS explains, noting that the three demographic groups most at risk are:…

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Divorcing couple in Nigeria argue over neglect claims

September 7, 2017 5 comments

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A Nigerian church official has applied for a divorce from his wife of five years because she reportedly refuses to cook him meals or wash his clothes. The 66 year-old, who lives in the south-western city of Ado Ekiti, is an ‘elder’ with the homegrown Pentecostal church Mountain of Fire and Miracles, which was founded…

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Joint bank accounts ‘cause divorce’

September 5, 2017 0 comments

More than a quarter of people believe joints accounts are a bad idea which could lead to arguments and even divorce. Opinium Research polled 2,005 adults living together or married on behalf of financial website Moneymagpie.com – and 34 per cent said they preferred to keep their finances separate. The great majority of these respondents…

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Behaviour and the limits of court power

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September 4, 2017 7 comments

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I wanted to expand upon something that I have mentioned in a couple of posts here recently, something with which some have taken exception. I have said that the courts can’t force parties to behave in a reasonable fashion. This is something that relates to all types of family proceedings, but is I think particularly…

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Men are ‘marrying up’ more than women

August 29, 2017 1 comment

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Men are now “marrying up” more than women, according to a new study. This term applies to those who marry someone who is better educated and better paid than they are. Two American researchers have found that men are increasingly marrying up as more women earn high level degrees and find jobs that pay very…

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Saudis worry over trivial divorce

August 22, 2017 1 comment

marriage

Government officials in Saudi Arabia have grown increasingly concerned by a surge in divorce for trivial reasons. Humood Al Shimmari is a registrar authorised to conduct marriages. Speaking to Saudi daily Al Watan (the Homeland), he said he saw more and more Saudi men making unilateral decisions to divorce their wives for a variety of…

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