Family Life

7.6 million parents stay together because of their kids

New research​ ​from Direct Line Life Insurance reveals 7.6 million parents have stayed in a relationship for longer than they would have liked with their spouse or partner because they have children together. Over a fifth (22 per cent) of parents that would have split up, stayed together for...

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Almost one in five people in a relationship in the South West say the current circumstances are placing pressure on it

Authored by News Desk

Relate, the leading relationships charity, has provided an insight into how relationships in the South West and the rest of the UK are holding up while staying at home. Evidence of growing unease has led Aidan Jones, Chief Executive of the national charity to warn of a “post-lockdown relationship reckoning”, where individuals, couples and families who are currently brushing issues under the...

Meet Boken, a lovable new children’s character with a difference: he’s fun, cheeky and educational

Authored by News Desk

In Spring 2020 a friendly new canine face has been launched into the children’s leisure and entertainment market Worldwide. Boken is a fun-loving real-life miniature Schnauzer who lives in Spain with his mum Sara Mastriforte and dad Neil Egerton.

Starting with a few videos and a couple of short books they’d written about Boken, Sara and Neil have now created a whole world of fun,...

Bring the outside in with a new online resource for families across Devon

Authored by Emma Cooke

Families across Devon can now access fun and educational resources online via a new four week feature launched today. The feature is offered through Sustrans’ free parent-focused newsletter.

The four-week feature, compiled by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, includes five activities themed for wellbeing, keeping active, being creative, investigating and ‘anything goes’. Each...

How to Help Your Dog Maintain a Healthy Weight

Authored by Sarah Parker

Overfeeding your dog and allowing them to become obese is definitely not a good idea. Granted, it’s seldom done intentionally and is more a matter of not knowing how to prevent it from happening. But let’s start with understanding why it’s so important to help your dog maintain a healthy weight in the first place.

Research has proven that slender dogs find it easier to get around and...

Families urged to check if their children are eligible for free school meals

Authored by Mary

Families in Devon are being urged to check if their children are eligible for free school meals as the coronavirus crisis creates more hardship across the county.

Nationally applications for Universal Credit have gone up dramatically with initial estimates of an extra 10,000 claims in Devon in the last two weeks of March.

Now Devon County Council is appealing to hard-pressed...

Webinar to help separated parents with co-parenting during lockdown

Authored by The Family Law Co.

Solicitors from The Family Law Company are to offer free guidance to separated parents during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The webinar takes place on Thursday April 30 from 11am to 12 noon and anyone interested is invited to register for a free place.

During the session, two specialist family law solicitors, Hannah Porter and Imran Khodabocus will clarify the facts for separated...

Charity’s free Activity Packs will help children to get thinking, moving and creative

Authored by News Desk

Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has produced a unique collection of FREE weekly Activity Packs to get children and young people thinking, moving, and creative during the coronavirus lock-down.

The packs, developed in response to the feedback the charity has received from the families that...

Could Devon find a family for Kevin?

Authored by News Desk

Family for Me, a campaign designed specifically to find families for children who have been waiting the longest to be adopted, is being re-launched across Devon to find a family for Kevin.

Kevin is a charismatic, smart little six year old. His lovely thick dark hair and long eyelashes are characteristic of his Eastern European heritage. Kevin was born with a complex neuro-disability...

Likely increase in domestic violence as a result of Coronavirus – what you can do

Authored by The Family Law Co.

Suggestions that there will be a surge in domestic violence in the region as families self-isolate and schools face long closures has prompted a response from The Family Law Company.

Director Jane Chanot who is part of the Children, Child Abduction and Domestic Violence Team, says “I have real concerns that we’ll see an increase in situations where families are kept inside together...

Covid-19 – how it affects child contact if you’re a separated parent

Authored by The Family Law Co.

Specialist family lawyer Hannah Porter from The Family Law Company explains what government recommendations about social distancing mean for separated parents deciding whether contact between children and the non-resident parent should go ahead.

Associate Solicitor Hannah says, “We are all now aware of advice regarding staying at home, social distancing. and avoiding any gatherings...