Yearly Archives: 2013

Divorce can hurt kids

Divorce does more damage to kids than parents like to think. That's the conclusion of a British survey done by the online site Netmums. The site surveyed 1,000 divorced parents and about 100 of their children and got wildly varying results. More than 75 percent of the mothers said their kids had coped well with the divorce; only 18 percent of the children who were surveyed said they were happy with their parents' divorce. One in 20 of the kids were using alcohol; one in nine had self-harmed, and one in six had thought about suicide. Only 1 percent of the parents had any idea that their kids were drinking, were suicidal or had hurt themselves. A third of the children, who were between the ages of 8 and 18, described themselves...
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Lawyers braced for surge in divorces after festive break

Divorce lawyers in Birmingham have revealed that they are bracing themselves for a surge in business on their first week back at work after the Christmas break.

Solicitors at Irwin Mitchell dealt with a 25 per cent increase in marriage break up cases last January and are expecting a similar rise in enquiries about relationship splits next week. Some of their clients have already booked appointments to begin instructions on divorcing their partners, seeing the New Year as an ideal opportunity to make a fresh start. They also expect a high number of parents to contact them about problems they have experienced with their children over the festive period – including being blocked from seeing them by a former partner. More than 100,000 couples across England and Wales get divorced every year. In...
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Put children first when divorce happens

Divorce — even the most amicable — is stressful for children and can create long-lasting difficulties for them. Children’s adjustment to divorce or parent separation is directly related to the intensity and duration of parental conflict; high levels of parent conflict can have enduring and devastating effects on children. (See also Gary Direnfeld’s Reader View: “For Christmas, separated parents should give peace,” Dec. 3) The ability of parents to cooperate and focus on their children’s needs during and after divorce or separation minimizes children’s difficulties. A Santa Fe 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Children First Co-Parenting Support Services Inc., has worked for 10 years to facilitate cooperation for conflicting divorced or never-married, co-parents. Children First teaches parents how to adhere to the following five principles: Keep your child out...
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More FAQ’s about divorce in Ireland

What is case progression?

In an attempt to relieve backlogs in the court lists and improve progress in family law cases, the courts services introduced a new step in family law cases called case progression. Both sides are brought before the County Registrar who checks to see if all the appropriate forms are filled out and information exchanged for the case to go to hearing. If one side is slowing the case down or dragging their heels the County Registrar has powers to make orders against the party who is delaying. This process was first tried out in a pilot scheme in 2007. It worked very well and was implemented everywhere nationwide for all new cases commenced after 1 October 2009. This new process will bring positive changes to applications for...
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Separation and Divorce in Ireland

 Separation and Divorce in Ireland

Normal feelings you'll experience!

We found this little articles entitled Separation and Divorce in Ireland and wanted to share it with our readers. Clearly when there is a break up in a relationship, either temporary or permanent, the feelings are not dissimilar to the death of a loved one. This is regarded as grief. Grief is something that none of us are prepared for. When we lose someone it feels as though part of our body goes as well. This can be a very stressful time for all concerned not forgetting children if there are any. For instance when you go through a divorce you experience many losses; loss of a life time partner, a friend, lover and family unit. That...
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Mother of suicide girls in legal action against school

Lorraine Gallagher is suing Donegal Vocational Education Committee now Donegal Education Training Board following the death of her daughter Erin 13. Erin took her own life in October last year amid claims that she was being bullied at school and online. She was a secondary school pupil at Finn Valley College in Stranorlar. Her older sister Shannon 15 also took her own life just a few weeks later, saying she could not go on without Erin.Ms Gallagher 37 is claiming damages for mental distress. Her legal team claims the school failed in its duty of care to provide a "controlled, monitored, safe, supervised working environment" for Erin. The family's solicitor, Patsy Gallagher, confirmed that he has now served legal papers on the Donegal ETB. via Mother of suicide girls in legal action against...
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Questions to ask before buying a home

What is this property worth in today's market?

For ethical reasons, agents can't tell you how much to offer, says C.D. "Chip" Boring, broker/owner of Re/Max Realty Plus in Sebring, Fla. Instead of asking directly how much the home is worth, you ask indirectly, by seeking information about comparable sales, or "comps."
An agent should arm you with plenty of comparables -- prices of similar, nearby homes that have been sold recently -- along with high and low ranges for a particular property, Boring says. Your agent can tell you how long homes are staying on the market, and the percentage of the asking price sellers are getting, says Dick Gaylord, past president of the National Association of Realtors and broker with Re/Max Real Estate...
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More honesty needed in care failures

Over 50% of hospitals in Ireland do not have policies or guidelines in place to promote open disclosure following adverse events, a major Dublin medical negligence conference has been told. Open disclosure is defined as an open discussion of incidents that result in harm to a patient. This includes expressing regret for what happened, keeping the patient/family informed and taking steps to prevent a recurrence. However, a conference organised by the groups Action Against Medical Accidents and the Medical Injuries Alliance was told that Irish hospitals were often reluctant for legal, financial, reputational or other reasons to apologise or communicate properly with patients following an adverse event. This, the conference was told, often leads to lengthy litigation and prolonged stress for victims as well as for hospital staff involved. A system of more...
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Divergence on Surrogacy at CJEU

On Thursday 26 September, the Court of Justice of the European Union "CJEU" released legal opinions on two recent cases regarding leave entitlements for women who had children via a surrogate mother. Both women argued that they had equal rights to women who actually gave birth. The rulings are the first time the Court has issued an opinion on whether the right to receive maternity leave under the EU Pregnant Workers Directive 1992 extends to mothers who have had a baby via a surrogacy. In Z v A Government Department and the Board of Management of a Community School C-363/12, Ms Z applied to her school for adoptive leave but was refused paid leave of absence since there is no express provision in Irish legislation for leave arising from the birth...
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Ombudsman Amendment Act 2012

The Ombudsman (Amendment) Act 2012 brings over 180 additional public bodies under the remit of the Ombudsman with effect from 1 May 2013. It is not possible to supply a definitive list of these public bodies as the Act provides for a general description of the types of "reviewable agencies" that will come within remit. However, this Office has compiled an indicative list of these public bodies. The Ombudsman can examine complaints in relation to the 'administrative actions' of these public bodies which occur on or after 1 May 2013 only. The Act contains a specific list of public bodies which are not within the Ombudsman's remit. via Ombudsman Amendment Act 2012 - The Office of the Ombudsman....
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