Family Life

How to extend your UK spouse visa

If you’ve been living in the UK on a partner visa that is going to expire soon, you’re probably all too aware that if it isn’t renewed promptly, you could be sent back to your home country. However, you may not be exactly sure how to extend a UK spouse visa. This can be extremely stressful, especially for those lucky enough to still be in their newlywed stage or otherwise still enjoying the bliss of marriage.

An application window that is arguably extremely narrow, requirements and fees based on how large your family is, and a possible two-month wait for application approval can...

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Child sex offences jump almost 40% over 5 years in the South West

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 08/10/2020 - 1:04am

UK Police recorded more than 200 child sex offences, on average, every day last year, new figures from the NSPCC reveal.

Out of the 73,518 recorded offences including rape, online grooming and sexual assault against children in the UK in 2019/20, police in the South West region registered 5,310 offences – up 38% in the five years since 2014/15.

Where gender and age were recorded, girls were more than four times as likely to be victims. There were 812 offences committed against 15-year-olds, making it the most common age group to be a victim of offences in the region....

Divorces & separations could soar in COVID-19 aftermath warn barristers

Divorces and separations could soar in COVID-19 aftermath warn barristers

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Thu, 08/06/2020 - 5:03pm

FAMILIES could find the aftermath of COVID-19 just as devastating emotionally and financially as the lockdown say family law experts who are expecting a potential rise in divorces and separations.

Westcountry-based, Children in the Middle, says the combined impact on parents’ mental health and, for some, the pressures of financial consequences are enough to push couples towards divorce and separation.

Family barrister, Elizabeth McCallum, who co-founded the legal service with fellow Exeter barrister Sarah Evans, says: “Parents have understandably had a lot on their plates...

What to Do When Family Life Goes Wrong

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 08/04/2020 - 6:02am

Although you might want to believe in the fairy tales of familial bliss and wedded happy-ever-afters, this is not always the case. In fact, even the happiest of families may need to confront some of the most common problems that can affect your life together. From coping with a sudden illness or declining finances to dealing with divorce and separation, here are some of the steps that you should consider when your family is struggling with a difficult issue.

  1. Communicate with Your Spouse

One of the first steps that you should take if you believe that family...

Parents urged not to use facemask on their baby

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 - 8:58pm

Parents and guardians of babies under 12 months are advised not to cover their mouths with facemasks as it could cause breathing difficulties. While there have been no reports of ‘baby masks’ being sold in Devon, Torbay or Somerset, parents and guardians are urged not to buy them as they could harm their baby’s health.

The advice comes from Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service.

It follows reports that face masks for babies, also known as 'baby masks' or 'cute masks', are being sold in some parts of the country and online.

Currently Government...

Taking Care of Your Parents in Their Old Age - Here's How to Do It Right

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Sat, 07/25/2020 - 5:53am

Parents need someone to take care of them in their old age. It’s the expected norm. Despite your busy schedule and work commitments, you can find a way to take care of your parents in their time of need. Your parents need love and attention. The loneliness, isolation, and boredom are common among older people. This can be worse if they have mobility problems.

In old age, parents have fewer opportunities to get involved in social events or make friends, so they tend to remain at home. Caring for your aging parents is your top priority as the child they raised. Even if you enlist...

HMRC, Tax Credits

Tax credits deadline: customers at risk of losing out

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 07/24/2020 - 6:13pm

Tax credits customers have just one week left to tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about changes to their circumstances or income before the deadline on 31 July 2020.

Customers whose circumstances have changed in the last year or who have received a letter to reconfirm their income details must contact HMRC.

Failure to respond by the deadline may mean tax credits customers receive incorrect tax credits payments and may end up having to repay any overpayments.

HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, Angela MacDonald, said: “Tax credits provide much needed...

Tips to Organise Your Kids’ Toys and Storage Ideas

Authored by luciferperrysmith
Posted: Tue, 07/21/2020 - 11:36am

There is no doubt that kids love toys. More than being a fun factor, toys also provide an opportunity for children to learn and plays an important role in the child’s development. Toys also help improve various skills like gross motor, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, enhance imagination, and prepare them for life.

Apart from this, toys teach them to mingle with others and thus help develop social skills. When kids play with children of their age group, they get the opportunity to learn respect, cooperation and sharing.

For buying toys for babies, toddlers, school...

How to Give Your Husband a Birthday to Remember

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Fri, 07/17/2020 - 10:31am

Your husband is a special person in your life. It makes sense that you want to do your best to make his birthday a day to remember. Be glad to know there are actions you can take that will allow you to achieve this goal.

It’s going to require extra work and effort on your part, but he’s likely to truly appreciate your gestures and feel much loved. Have fun with it and enjoy the smile you’re going to put on his face. Follow this advice, and you’ll be well on your way to pulling off a memorable birthday filled with a lot of excitement and joy!

Start the Day with Breakfast in...

Learn the Best Out of YouTube Parental Control

Authored by
Posted: Mon, 07/13/2020 - 10:16am


Here are conclusive secure approaches to set YouTube parental controls on children's YouTube of various gadgets. Each parent needs to procure immense information on the best way to secure his/her child from the potential perils. You may want to review IOS Parental Controls for more details.

What Parents Should Know About YouTube

Hazardous Challenge and Viral Videos

There are loads of risky and viral recordings on YouTube and the greater part of them are shared rapidly. One YouTube may post a video of himself or herself accomplishing...

Parents' Guide: Meeting The Needs Of An Autistic Child

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Sun, 07/12/2020 - 10:09am

Autism is a developmental disorder that varies in severity usually characterized by difficulty in social interaction and communication, whilst also being generally restricted by repetitive thoughts and behaviours. Autism is defined by a spectrum that needs to be explored and understood by anyone that has friends or loved ones with the disorder. This will help by making difficulties such as interaction, caregiving, and ‘normal life’ that little bit easier.

Having a child diagnosed with Autism will forever be a powerful moment in your life and it’s joined by a myriad of emotions...