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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...

YoungMinds publishes parent to parent mental health guide 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 05/10/2020 - 11:48pm

YoungMinds, the UK’s leading children and young people’s mental health charity, has published a guide sharing advice from parents to other parents on how to support themselves and the young people in their care during the coronavirus pandemic.

During this difficult time for parents and carers, particularly those looking after children and young people with mental health needs, YoungMinds has experienced an increase in traffic to the coronavirus advice on their website and many calls from parents to their Helpline about the impact of the pandemic on the young people in their care...

Legal practice says risks to children need to be managed as domestic abuse cases rise during COVID-19 outbreak.

Legal practice says risks to children need to be managed as domestic abuse cases rise during COVID-19 outbreak

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:58am

A WESTCOUNTRY legal practice says children are at risk of harm as cases of domestic abuse rise during the COVID-19 outbreak (May 2020).

UK domestic abuse charity, Refuge, reported a 700% increase in calls to its helpline during the crisis. Experts at Children in the Middle say there may need to be applications to the courts to manage risks to children.

Family barrister, Elizabeth McCallum, who is the co-founder of the legal service Children in the Middle, along with her fellow Exeter barrister Sarah Evans, said: “As it has been widely reported recently, cases of domestic...

Separating or divorcing parents can still get advice on childcare during COVID-19 outbreak

Separating or divorcing parents can still get advice on childcare during COVID-19 outbreak

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Tue, 03/31/2020 - 4:50pm

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PARENTS who are separating or divorcing can still receive help and advice surrounding the care of and access to their child from a legal practice during the current COVID-19 outbreak (March, 2020).

Children in the Middle says courts are currently running virtually, so concerned mums and dads should not be worried as cases about the care of their children will continue.

Family barrister, Elizabeth McCallum, who is the co-founder of the legal service Children in the Middle, along with her...

Sparx Virtual Classroom

Devon schools offered free state-of-art technology to support remote learning

Authored by AmySutton
Posted: Thu, 03/19/2020 - 1:49pm

In response to the Coronavirus Sparx – a socially focused learning technology company – is offering secondary schools free access to Sparx Maths Virtual Classroom so Devon students can continue their maths lessons remotely. The Exeter-based company will support any school that has had to close as a result of the virus through the product, for the duration of their closure.

Sparx already provides its maths learning platform, Sparx Maths, to secondary schools across Devon, including those within the Ted Wragg Trust, Education South West and West Country Trust. The technology allows...

Divorcing or separating? Did you know you can access a barrister direct?

Divorcing or separating? Did you know you can access a barrister direct?

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Sat, 02/22/2020 - 12:47pm

CHANGES in the law mean separating or divorcing parents struggling to make arrangements to see their children can have direct access to barristers to represent them inside and outside court (February 2020).

In the past a solicitor was required to instruct a barrister, but due to rule changes under the Public Access Scheme, members of the public are now able to instruct barristers direct.

Family barrister and co-founder, along with fellow barrister Sarah Evans, of Bristol-based legal service Children in the Middle, Elizabeth McCallum explains: “Most people understand how...

Children shouldn’t lose touch with grandparents  when parents divorce or separate

Children shouldn’t lose touch with grandparents when parents divorce or separate

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Fri, 01/31/2020 - 12:52pm

CHILDREN whose parents are separating or divorcing should stay in touch with their grandparents and other vital extended family members according to experts at a westcountry legal practice (January 2020).

Children in the Middle, the only legal practice in England and Wales specialising in giving parents direct access to barristers, says grandparents help children feel secure when their parents’ split-up.

Family barrister and Children in the Middle co-founder, Elizabeth McCallum, who co-founded the practice with Exeter barrister, Sarah Evans, explains: “Given the cost of...

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.

A survey of more than 5,000 parents and guardians of children aged 0 to 16 has...

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;

80 per cent of respondents in the South West say they have generated these...

No ‘Holly, Jolly Christmas’ for parents separated from children

No ‘Holly, Jolly Christmas’ for parents separated from children

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Mon, 12/16/2019 - 4:25pm

AS THE famous festive song crooned by Andy Williams proclaims ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ but not for all families says a unique legal service (December 2019).

Children in the Middle warns of Christmas heartache for estranged parents and asks others to spare a thought for those who are prevented from seeing their children this yuletide.

Family barrister, Elizabeth McCallum, who co-founded the legal service with her fellow Exeter barrister Sarah Evans, says: “It’s important to remember that not everyone will be having such a ‘Holly, Jolly Christmas’ this year...

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