Gender stereotypes ‘influence court rulings’

April 5, 2018 2 comments

family law

Judges are influenced by their attitude to traditional gender roles when ruling on family cases, researchers have claimed. In a newly published study they compared the responses of more than 500 US judges from a single (but unidentified) state, and an equal number of civilians. The gender breakdown of the judges was 68 per cent…

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Tax-free childcare for children under nine

January 25, 2018 0 comments

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HM Revenue and Customs has expanded its tax-free childcare scheme to parents of children aged nine or under. The scheme, which only launched last year, provides parents of younger children with tax rebates on the cost of childcare: for every £8 paid by the parents, the government adds an extra £2, up to a maximum…

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‘Reform surrogacy laws’ says four-time surrogate mother

January 19, 2018 0 comments

surrogacy

A veteran surrogate mother has called for reform of Britain’s aging surrogacy laws. Under the Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985, surrogate mothers automatically receive the legal status of parents to the children they carry, even if (as in most cases) they have no genetic relationship to them. Despite being no relation, the mother’s partner or spouse…

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Divorce linked to mental illness in children

January 15, 2018 5 comments

family life

15Divorce has been linked to higher rates of mental illness among children from Caucasian families. A team of researchers from University College London and the nearby Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families polled 30,000 children between the ages of 11 and 14, in the largest survey of children’s mental health conducted to date….

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Couple who divorced 18 years ago to remarry

December 30, 2017 2 comments

marriage

A British couple who divorced 18 years ago are to remarry. June Rose and Bob O’Sullivan, now both in their 60s, originally met at an ice rink and married in 1979. Talking to the Metro, 60 year-old Julie recalled: “It was a small, but lovely wedding. My sister, Lynda, now 58, was my bridesmaid and…

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