Children living with one parent ‘more stressed’

August 31, 2017 1 comment

family life

Children who live with one of their parents full-time experience more stress than those who split their time between both. Researchers from Stockholm University in Sweden have suggested that spending so much time away from one parent can lead children to worry about them. The child can also lose out on time with other relatives…

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Anxiety during divorce: some warning signs

April 5, 2017 0 comments

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Going through a divorce can be one of the most difficult periods you can experience. It certainly represents a significant change in how you live your life day to day. Staying healthy will help you to deal with this transition and that applies to both your physical and mental wellbeing. So while stress is understandable,…

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My first day in court

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January 5, 2017 9 comments

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On my very first day of being a qualified solicitor, with all exams and training behind me, or so I thought, I was sent by a partner in the Leeds firm I was then working for to Bradford Magistrates Court in West Yorkshire to see a client in the cells. I had been articled to…

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Divorce linked to physical pain

September 27, 2016 1 comment

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People going through divorce can suffer physical aches, pains and skin conditions, a marital therapist has claimed. Therapist Charlotte Friedman is a former family law barrister who left the Bar to found the Divorce Support Group, which provides a range of therapies to people ending their marriages. She said that “nearly all” her clients suffer…

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‘Help social workers stay in the job for longer’

August 3, 2016 1 comment

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Social workers need more help to deal with the stresses of the job, academics have claimed. Professor Gail Kinman and Dr Louise Grant, both at the University of Bedfordshire, believe managers can play a valuable role in helping social workers cope with the pressures they face on a daily basis, and say individuals should not…

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Divorce stress not linked to breast cancer

August 1, 2016 1 comment

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The stress of upsetting life events like divorce is not linked to breast cancer, researchers have reported. Despite a popular belief that this form of cancer can be triggered by stressful events, a major study found no evidence that the two were linked. The Breast Cancer Now Generations Study tracked 113,000 British women over 40…

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Divorce and the danger of false hope

April 18, 2016 2 comments

Marilyn Stowe

In this extract from the second edition of Marilyn Stowe’s book Divorce and Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, she talks about the different kinds of divorce and how dangerous it can sometimes be to hold out hope for reconciliation. In human and emotional terms, divorce cases can be divided up into three categories: amicable,…

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Academics to examine the effect of divorce on job performance

February 10, 2016 0 comments

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US academics have launched a detailed study into the effect of divorce on job performance. A team from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota has designed a three-part study to examine the link, something which they say has received little attention in the past. Professor Connie Wanberg explained: “There’s a lot…

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Second child can stabilise parents’ relationship

September 4, 2015 0 comments

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A second child can be beneficial to their parents’ relationship, researchers claim. Before the birth of another baby, parents often worry that that it will add to the stress and lack of sleep they experienced after their first child. However, psychologists from the University of Michigan suggest that parents adjust to a second child in…

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Stepfathers at higher risk of depression

February 7, 2015 0 comments

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According to new research, stepfathers are at greater risk of depression than biological fathers. Academics specialising in social and family life analysed data from an ongoing relationship survey, examining the role of step parent in family situations. They concluded that “step parenting issues are negatively associated with [relationship] satisfaction and stability”. Step parents are required…

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