Parents awarded £11K after ‘human rights breach’

February 17, 2017 3 comments

family law

The Family Court has awarded £11,250 to a couple whose human rights were breached when their baby was taken away. Mr Justice Cobb declared that social workers in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, had misled a District Judge when they sought to remove the infant boy from his parent’s care. The mother suffered from minor learning difficulties…

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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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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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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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First born children are ‘smarter than siblings’

February 11, 2017 0 comments

family law

First born children have a slight intellectual edge over their siblings, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sydney believe that this can be explained by the way parents treat their children differently. Although children are given the same level of emotional support regardless of their birth order,…

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Fireman delivers baby girl then adopts her

February 2, 2017 1 comment

family law

A South Carolina firefighter who helped deliver a baby has revealed how he came to adopt her. In 2011, Marc Hadden responded to an emergency call which turned out to be from a woman going into labour. He soon realised that she would not be able to get to the hospital in time to give…

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People responsible for parents ‘as much as children’

January 31, 2017 1 comment

family law

Adults have as much responsibility for the care of their parents as they do for their children, a government minister claims. This week Care Minister David Mowat told the Commons Communities and Local Government Committee that people “need to start thinking as a society about how we deal with care of our own parents”. He…

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Gender pay gap begins with children

January 25, 2017 3 comments

family law

The infamous ‘pay gap’ between men and women could begin as early as childhood. Parents give sons an average of £2.20 per week in pocket money more than they give daughters, a new study has suggested. Research organisation Childwise surveyed 2,000 British children from across the UK. They found that boys between the ages of…

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Breaking out of the bubble

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January 16, 2017 8 comments

family law

In his last speech President Obama spoke of the “bubble” in which people like to cocoon themselves these days, particularly on social media. They follow people with views that are similar to their own, and block, unfollow or mute people who disagree with those views. In this way they ensure that they live in a…

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