Parental alienation therapists form European society

July 26, 2017 5 comments

parental alienation

Parental alienation counsellors and therapists have formed a Europe-wide society. The newly minted European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners was established following a meeting in Czech capital Prague attended by specialists in this understudied field. With members from no less than 14 countries, the Association aims to draft clear standards and practices for therapists and…

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Ban on corporal punishment ‘will criminalise parents’

July 17, 2017 2 comments

family law, Wales

A proposed ban on corporal punishment in Wales would criminalise “ordinary parents” campaigners claim. The Welsh government is currently reviewing plans to eliminate the “reasonable chastisement” defence for parents. At the moment, adults are allowed to physically discipline their children if their action can be seen as reasonable. If this defence is taken away, parents…

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Unequal parental leave can strain relationships

July 5, 2017 0 comments

family law

Couples who do not share parental leave equally can experience strain in their relationships. Researchers from Stockholm University in Sweden found that fathers who were unsatisfied with the amount of time they spent with their children were more likely to leave their partner than those who felt they had had adequate family time. Sweden has…

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Gender pay gap responsible for low parental leave rates?

June 25, 2017 1 comment

family law

The gender pay gap could be responsible for the low levels of shared parental leave, according to a new survey. Introduced in 2015, this scheme allows parents to divide a year’s worth of maternity leave between them. Lawmakers hoped it would encourage fathers to be more involved in their children’s early lives. However, take-up has…

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Just a third of parents are home on time every day

June 22, 2017 4 comments

divorce

Little more than a third of British parents go home from work on time every day. Two charities – Working Families and Brighter Horizons – have urged parents to make more of an effort to leave work promptly so they can spend more quality time with their children. Their research revealed that just 34 per…

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Egyptian parents could face jail over ‘western’ names

June 15, 2017 1 comment

family law

Parents in Egypt could be sent to prison if they give their children “western” names. A Parliamentary committee is currently debating legislation which would put such a policy in place. Under this law, parents who choose foreign names for their children would face a fine between LE1,000 and LE5,000 (Egyptian pounds) or up to six…

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Austrian woman ‘swapped at birth’

June 14, 2017 0 comments

family life

An Austrian family has been awarded €90,000 (£79,000) in damages after their daughter discovered that she is not related to her parents. Now 27, Doris Gruenwald made the traumatic discovery following a routine blood test, The Guardian reports. She told the Kronen Zeitung newspaper: “My whole body started shaking… It was like the ground under…

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Are gay fathers better parents?

June 8, 2017 1 comment

family law

Gay men could be better parents than their straight peers, new research suggests. In an ongoing study from a PhD student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, parents were interviewed about how much they took an active interest in what their children were doing day-to-day and how much they took part.  The gay parents who…

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Canadian parents must accept children’s ‘gender identity’

June 6, 2017 0 comments

family law

Canadian parents in Ontario must accept their children’s “gender identity” or risk having them taken away. Last week, lawmakers in the province’s Legislative Assembly approved the Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act of 2017 by 63 votes to 23. The new legislation replaces the Child and Family Services Act which dealt with issues such as…

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A badly handled divorce can impact child’s health

May 26, 2017 5 comments

family law

Children’s health can suffer if their parents do not handle divorce well, new research suggests. While previous studies have found a link between parental divorce and ill-health in children, Spanish academics claim it is not the divorce itself which is the real problem. When a couple bring their marriage to an end, “improper handling of…

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