Family Life

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Divorce on the rise?

According to the Office of National Statistics there was an 18% rise in divorces in 2019.

Figures just released indicate that both same sex couples and opposite sex couples saw an increase in divorce and/or dissolution.

There were 107,599 opposite-sex divorces in 2019, an...

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Get up close with wildlife at Seaton Wetlands new sculpture trail

Authored by Mary

Families can now enjoy a new wildlife-themed sculpture trail at Seaton Wetlands, featuring 11 natural sculptures spread around the nature reserve.

Funded by Tesco’s Bags of Help, all of the sculptures have been made by craftsmen out of natural materials. Coates Willow created seven of the sculptures by weaving willow to form intricate wildlife sculptures. The four wooden sculptures...

Parenting book

Family law 'by the book' in lockdown

Authored by The Family Law Co.

The Family Law Company in Devon was pivotal to the publishing of a topical book answering commonly-asked questions from couples separating during the pandemic.

Separation & Parenting Through the Pandemic: Key Questions Answered provides a useful resource not just for parents, but also counsellors, family members, family support organisations, and family lawyers and mediators....

7.6 million parents stay together because of their kids

Authored by News Desk

New research​ ​from Direct Line Life Insurance reveals 7.6 million parents have stayed in a relationship for longer than they would have liked with their spouse or partner because they have children together. Over a fifth (22 per cent) of parents that would have split up, stayed together for longer because of their kids.

On average, parents are staying in relationships for over half...

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New report drills down into failings of family justice system

Authored by The Family Law Co.

Lawyers from The Family Law Company have welcomed the findings of a new report which looks at how the family justice system responds to allegations of domestic abuse and what must be done to ensure consistency.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, the 216-page report "Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases" draws on evidence presented in over 1...

NSPCC expands service to help keep Plymouth school children safe online during COVID-19 crisis

Authored by Mary

Children across the city are spending more time online as a result of being asked to stay at home, and so the NSPCC in Plymouth is adapting its In Ctrl service that helps safeguard children and prevent online sexual abuse

The service was launched at the start of the year and was being piloted in a group-work setting at Marine Academy Plymouth under the charity’s Together for...

Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge

Authored by Mary

Libraries across Devon and Torbay are calling for children to sign up to the Silly Squad Summer Challenge and read six books this summer as part of the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge will run from Saturday 4th July to Saturday 5th September. The online launch event will be on Saturday 4th July, a specially commissioned event featuring Rob Pudner of...

Housebuilder gives parents a sporting boost to keep children active

Authored by Mary

Parents in South West are being offered an online ‘sports day at home’ pack thanks to a leading housebuilder’s partnership with Team GB.

With the current Covid-19 crisis still unfolding, many parents have had to get used to home schooling amid the uncertainty of when their children will return to school.

Now Persimmon Homes South West, thanks to its ongoing partnership with...

Research reveals it takes 8 adults to raise a child in the South West

Authored by Mary

It takes an average of eight adults to raise a single child in the South West, with teachers (48 percent), grandmothers (40 percent), grandfathers (34 percent), older siblings (24 percent), and aunts (16 percent) all playing key roles alongside parents, according to the results of a study amongst British parents and children.

Over a quarter of those surveyed believe it takes as many...

Plymouth family survive terrifying Covid ordeal with help from children’s hospice

Authored by Mary

The family of a Plymouth boy with complex medical needs have been speaking about the ‘beyond special’ care provided by their local children’s hospice after they were hit by a triple coronavirus diagnosis last month.

Parents Rachel and Jason Willingham say Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) offered a haven during a terrifying month-long ordeal after they both fell ill with Covid-19...

How to Have a Fun Day on the Beach This Summer With Your Dog

Authored by Sarah Parker

When the sun is shining and the mercury is rising, there is nothing that many of us want to do more than pay a visit to the nearest beach. It is only natural to want to bring your dog with you on these trips, but if you are going to then there are some tips you should observe.

Get Everything Ready

Before you and your pet head off to the beach, you should run through your checklist of...