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Exeter’s LGBT+ community encouraged to foster as 78,000 young people enter the care system

National independent fostering provider, Five Rivers Child Care, is calling on Exeter’s LGBT+ community to consider local fostering opportunities, after a damning report shared at the start of 2020 has shown a record number of children are in care.

There are currently 78,150 children in the care system across England and another 660 foster carers are needed across the South West to meet demand and provide loving homes to vulnerable children and young people.

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Go Ape on the greatest adventure in Exeter this February half-term

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 01/29/2020 - 7:18pm

Go Ape Haldon is encouraging families to live life more adventurously this February half-term, opening up its Treetop Challenge to keep the whole tribe entertained.

Separating, divorcing? Get a fresh start to 2020 with the right legal help

Separating, divorcing? Get a fresh start to 2020 with the right legal help

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Mon, 01/27/2020 - 11:50am

PARENTS who are separating or divorcing but are struggling to make arrangements to see their children are invited to get in touch with a new  legal practice this month (January 2020).

Children in the Middle is the only legal practice in England and Wales specialising solely in giving parents direct access to barristers to represent them in court, and outside.

What you need to do when someone in your family dies

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Mon, 01/27/2020 - 7:23am

Whether it’s through a sudden event such as an accident, or the end of a long illness, a death in the family can be extremely stressful and upsetting. People don’t realise that a death involves a lot in terms of paperwork — not to mention planning the funeral — which can be difficult when everyone is grieving. Here’s what needs to be done when a loved one dies. 

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Had a traumatic birth? Here are some steps you can take next

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Mon, 01/27/2020 - 6:32am

Most women feel a little nervous about giving birth, but in most cases, there is usually a good outcome and mother and baby are fine. However, there can be a number of things that can go wrong, and if they do, this can lead to the mother feeling traumatised after the birth. If this has happened to you, there are things you can do to help you feel more in control and start to heal from the experience.

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In a hilarious blog father of two Chris McGuire reveals what he has learned from having Baby #2!

Authored by Marc Astley
Posted: Mon, 01/20/2020 - 11:07am

It’s a funny thing: LIFE. Don’t you think?

We only really get any clue of what’s actually happening around us much later – with the benefit of time and distance.

This is certainly true when it comes to parenting.

Now that I’m a dad of two, my perspective is COMPLETELY different to when I was at the coalface of childcare for an ‘only child’.

Here’s 5 Things I Learned When Baby #2 Arrived:

Unique baby gifts for New Year 2019

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Mon, 01/20/2020 - 8:51am

New Year is a magical time. Each child is looking forward to it to receive presents from Santa Claus. As considerate parents, you need to make sure that he will bring your child the best present ever. Here are several options for amazing gifts for children of different ages and temperaments.

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The top biggest parenting trends for 2020 and the top five worries mums and dads have about their children

Authored by Marc Astley
Posted: Sun, 01/12/2020 - 9:17pm

The UK’s leading online platform for parents and childcarers has revealed the top parenting trends for 2020, along with the biggest worries for UK parents going into the new year.

A survey of more than 5,000 parents and guardians of 0 to 16 year-olds has found that limitations on children’s social media use and screen time is the biggest trend for 2020, followed by dismantling gender norms, and plant-based diets. The anti-vaccination movement has been revealed as the biggest worry among parents.

Affluent millennials in the South West aren’t waiting on the Bank of Mum and Dad

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 01/09/2020 - 8:35pm

Contrary to the common perception that working hard and saving is the attitude of a bygone era, new research reveals that wealthy millennials across the South West are more likely to have earned their money independently rather it being inherited or gifted. 

A survey of 500 millennials with investable assets of £25,000 or more by Exeter-based law firm Michelmores LLP, counters the view that millennials are a generation reaping the hard work of the baby boomers. Michelmores’ research reveals that;

Life Insurance After a Divorce - What Happens?

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 12/31/2019 - 6:16am

There’s nothing in life quite as complicated as human relationships. Whether it’s with your parents, friends, or loved ones, there are often problems and misunderstandings that could easily lead to the faltering of those relationships. One of the worst and most difficult things a person could go through is a divorce. It is an emotionally charged time where spouses divide their assets, and they go through all the complications of separation.

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What if ‘Divorce Day’ 2020 is the day you make a life-changing decision?

Authored by The Family Law Co.
Posted: Mon, 12/30/2019 - 7:43am

Each new year brings so-called ‘Divorce Day’; the first Monday in January when most people return to work after the celebrations of Christmas and New Year. In 2020 this will be January 6.

“In theory, it’s the day when family lawyers see a spike in initial enquiries about divorce,” explains Senior Associate Solicitor Imran Khodabocus from The Family Law Company.

“And although it shouldn’t be taken literally, it is true that the stresses of the festive season can bring additional pressure to couples who aren’t getting on so well, sometimes bringing them to breaking point.”