Family Life

Bringing a pet home: A guide

Getting a new pet and welcoming them into your family is a very exciting time for you and your family. Although you want to cuddle and spend time with your pet first and foremost, keep in mind that they’re also a big responsibility to take on and can be a lot of extra work for you.

Claire Small



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Keeping your dog safe this winter

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 02/05/2019 - 12:23pm

As winter comes into play, the freezing temperatures can be dangerous for not only you but your dog too. With snow heading to Devon as we speak, knowing the right tips and techniques can ensure your dog stays safe and out of any danger.

What to Watch Out For

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Proposed change in law will mean greater protection for domestic violence victims

Authored by The Family Law Co.
Posted: Fri, 01/25/2019 - 9:58am

A bill for new legislation will offer more protection to victims of domestic violence, says Dominika Windak from The Family Law Company. It means that, for the first time, the legal definition of domestic abuse will include controlling and manipulative behaviour as well as financial abuse.

Dominika commented: “Estimates suggest that each year around two million adults just in England and Wales suffer some form of domestic abuse.  

New State Pension & Increase in Workplace Pension Contributions

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Thu, 01/24/2019 - 8:02am

The multiple changes to the State Pension made in 2016 has led many individuals in the UK to be confused over their pension and just how much money they will be receiving once they reach retirement age. This is problematic because it is important to be aware of how much State Pension that you receive so that you can make sure that you are contributing enough to your workplace pension so that you can enjoy your retirement and lead the life that you want to. 

Here is all that you need to know to make the right decision and start building towards a fruitful retirement:

Who’s looking after your dog this winter?

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:25pm

This winter, East Devon District Council’s Environmental Health team has been working hard helping people and businesses who care for dogs and cats to comply with new animal welfare legislation, which came into force on 1 October 2018.  

January Blues: Why Couples Divorce at the Start of the Year

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Thu, 01/10/2019 - 1:17pm

The start of this week – January 7th – is ominously dubbed D-day as it’s the most popular time of year for divorce lawyers and solicitors. After the giddy heights of the festive period, couples often wake up in the New Year unable to handle the headache of their marriages. Richard Scott, Head of Family Law at Howells Solicitors, has helped us pinpoint the reasons why couples go their separate ways in January:

Christmas Party Regrets

Tips for a dementia-friendly Christmas

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 12/19/2018 - 1:04am

While Christmas is an exciting and joyous occasion for many, it can also be a stressful and lonely time for people affected by dementia, their family and carers.

The stark reality is there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with more than 13,800 across Devon. With this in mind, tens of thousands of families will be preparing for a Christmas with someone affected by the condition and many will be living alone.

Exeter solicitors Cartridges Law back divorce reforms

Authored by McQueenie Mulholland
Posted: Sun, 12/02/2018 - 7:50am

Exeter solicitors Cartridges Law are backing a national campaign to change the law and reduce the negative effects of divorce on children.

This week is Good Divorce Week, an initiative which is led by Resolution, an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers and professionals from across England and Wales, which believes in ‘a constructive non-confrontational approach’ to family law matters.

Recent and Future Changes in Marriage and Divorce Laws

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:25pm

Laws surrounding marriage in the UK have remained largely unchanged since the Marriage Act 1836 was introduced. Since then the main two changes have been the inclusion of civil partnerships in 2004 and legalisation of same sex marriage in 2013. Divorce law has also undergone few changes, with the 1969 Divorce Reform Act which allows couples to divorce after being separated for two years being its biggest adaptation.

How to Care for Yourself Before You Start Dating Again

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Wed, 11/21/2018 - 6:02am

The dating world is a challenging one. Some are looking for true love, some are looking for just a bit of fun, some fall in love at the wrong time, and others are lucky enough to meet the right person at the right time. For every success story there are dozens of failures, and yet we all put ourselves out there for a chance of our very own happily ever after.

Top Innovative Ways for Mothers to Safeguard Their Child’s Futures

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 11/06/2018 - 11:56am

Parents want the absolute best for their children, and occasionally this means breaking from the mould of tradition and instead opting for new, innovative methods. From preparing them for a better future where they can achieve all their dreams with ease, to simply taking an extra step that will help them if their health ever takes a turn for the worse, here are the top three innovative ways all expecting mothers can start to prepare a bright future for their child.

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