A spurious argument for reform

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January 4, 2018 3 comments

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The things I do for Stowe Family Law. Breaking my rule never to ‘play along’ with anyone who chooses to put their content behind a paywall, I registered with The Times, albeit only for two free articles, in order to read an article by former High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge on the issue of…

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Toddler removed from mother to protect her from father

December 14, 2017 0 comments

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A young mother who has already lost two children has now had her third taken into care to protect her from the father. Her first child died from pneumonia and the second in uncertain circumstances while being looked after by the father. In September last year, the couple’s third child, a girl referred to as…

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Less attractive husbands are key to happy relationships

September 19, 2017 0 comments

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Relationships are stronger when the man is less attractive than the woman, a new study suggests. Researchers from Florida State University (FSU) and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, surveyed 113 newlywed couples in their 20s. Each pair had been married less than four months at the time of the study. Full body photographs were…

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Women lose interest in sex after one year

September 17, 2017 4 comments

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After just one year in a relationship, women lose interest in having sex with their partner. This claim was made by researchers at Southampton University. They arrived at this after conducting a survey of 6,669 women and 4,839 men between the ages of 16 and 74. While they found that an interest in sex declines…

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Progress on relationship education ‘extremely disappointing’

September 13, 2017 0 comments

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Progress made by the government towards the introduction of relationship education in schools is “extremely disappointing”, a Labour MP has claimed. Education Secretary Justine Greening announced earlier this year that age-appropriate sex and relationships education would be introduced in schools from 2019. The new curriculum will be subject to public consultation. Sarah Champion, the Labour…

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Lack of sleep ‘harms relationships’

September 12, 2017 3 comments

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Couples are more likely to argue in a hostile manner if they get less sleep, according to a new study. Researchers from Ohio State University examined the sleeping patterns and relationships of 43 couples. They found that if both members of a couple get less than seven hours of sleep per night, their arguments tend…

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IDS warns against relationship counselling cuts

August 29, 2017 2 comments

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Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith has warned the government not to cut funding for relationship counselling. In an article written for the Conservative Home news site, the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions called family breakdown an “enormous” problem facing the UK. He claimed that the cost of this issue “has been estimated…

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Perception of high spending causes marriage problems

August 23, 2017 0 comments

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If someone believes their spouse spends too much it is likely to cause rows and tension, even if that belief is not true. Husbands are more likely to think this of their spouse than wives are, according to a new study by American researchers. As a result, they are more likely to instigate arguments about…

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Coke or Pepsi? Brand preferences affect relationships

August 15, 2017 0 comments

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Do you prefer Coca Cola or Pepsi? Are you more partial to iPhones or Androids? Do you prefer McDonald’s or Burger King? These questions may seem trivial, but a new study suggests that if you and your partner answer differently it could make you feel less happy in your relationship. Researchers in the United States…

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