The winding up of the last remnants of Isis in northeastern Syria is an important milestone in eliminating the so-called Caliphate, a purported heaven on earth that became a charnel house of death and destruction. The battlefield is now down to approximately one square mile and Kurdish troops, assisted by European and American forces, are engaged in violent final battles. But this victory should not obscure the humanitarian disaster hidden in the fog of war in the northeast of the country. There are at least 1,248 children detained in camps in Syria, many of whom are US, EU or Canadian nationals. When the territories controlled by Isis are finally liberated, the number of children is likely to double. There are also 584 women currently detained and 790 men — those numbers are also likely to double. While there are no doubt many hardcore Isis fighters among the men, and even some among the women, the children are caught in a … [Read more...] about Opinion: It’s time to bring the innocent children of an Isis sympathiser back to America
Children of divorced parents
More divorcing couples are squabbling over how to divide their money than ever before, and lawyers are warning parents to take steps to ensure their legacies don’t end up in the hands of former children-in-law they no longer see. Exactly 4,118 financial disputes between divorcing couples ended up in the courts last year, up by more than 10pc on the year before when 3,648 cases were recorded, according to official data compiled by Wilsons, a law firm. Money squabbles have been steadily increasing over the past 10 years as divorce has become more common. The Office for National Statistics says around 42pc of marriages now end in divorce. At the same time, many in their later stages of life are... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for … [Read more...] about Should you cut your children-in-law out of your will in case of divorce?
JANUARY is not just the month of new beginnings – it is the month of divorce. It features more marriage breakdowns than any other month and at least 40,000 of us will type “divorce” into a search engine before February. January 8 is the busiest day of the year for starting legal separation proceedings. To make parting ways less painful, divorce coach Sara Davison has penned a step-by-step guide to navigating the first four weeks following a split. Here, we highlight some of the key points from The Split: From Breakup To Breakthrough In 30 Days Or Less. DAYS 1-3: Getting started ONCE you’ve decided that you’re committed to letting go of the past, buy a paper notebook so you can track your thoughts over the coming month. The first exercise is to write a few pages about all the people who have shaped you as a person. Think about friends, family, work colleagues, neighbours — anybody who’s had an impact on you. Then … [Read more...] about Take the trauma out of divorce with our guide for navigating the first 30 days
If you’ve had several serious relationships, it’s likely that your mother has too. A new study has revealed that people whose mothers had more partners often follow the same path. Researchers from the Ohio State University suggest that mothers may pass on personality traits and relationship skills that make their kids more or less likely to form stable relationships. Dr Claire Kamp Dush, lead author of the study, said: “Our results suggest that mothers may have certain characteristics that make them more or less desirable on the marriage market and better or worse at relationships. "Children inherit and learn those skills and behaviours and may take them into their own relationships." Previous studies have shown that children of divorce are also more likely to divorce, and this study broadens the picture. Dr Kamp Dush said: “It's not just divorce now. Many children are seeing their parents divorce, start new cohabiting relationships, and having those end as … [Read more...] about Your number of romantic partners is likely to be the same as your mother
Leicester school pupils who lived through the emotional heartache of divorce have made three thought-provoking films to share their experiences. Children from Woodstock Primary Academy and Babington Academy, both in the north of the city, produced the short films with the help of Leicester charity Soft Touch Arts and city film maker Keith Allot. Part of a project called Pulled Both Ways, they highlight the emotional impact of divorce, particularly when parents fight over custody and children are literally “pulled both ways”. They were made as part of a broader youth project, which has been backed by Glynis Wright, who runs Glynis Wright & Co Family Solicitors in Leicester and a Santander Discovery Grant secured by Soft Touch Arts. All three films are being made available to lawyers working with families facing relationship break-up and divorce to highlight the importance of managing the process sensitively – and to consider the feelings of children. They were … [Read more...] about Leicester pupils helping others going through heartache of divorce