The Frugal Family Wins

As used here, "frugal" means "avoiding waste"; therefore, the "frugal family" works together to avoid wasting their time, resources, and lives. Working together – "sharing the load" – with respect for and love of each other, such family members enjoy the most fulfillment and peace (if not the most prosperity) along the way. Such a marriage / family is certainly "the ideal" but it is an ideal worth working towards. (Obviously, any worthy goal is worth the work required.) But from the statistics we have about marriage and divorce, few…

Types of Child Custody Options: A Guide for Divorcing Parents

What are the different child custody options that are available to divorcing or separating parents? This will depend on the state where they live and the specific situation of their child. Generally, there are five types available: physical, legal, sole, joint, and bird’s nest custody. Also important to understand is temporary custody. Temporary Custody This refers to a short-term arrangement that enables parents to ensure that their child is well taken care of while the final decision is being awaited. As with other types, temporary custody allows the custodial parent…

Todres on The Trump Effect, Children, and the Value of Human Rights Education @jtodres

Jonathan Todres, Georgia State University College of Law, is publishing The Trump Effect, Children, and the Value of Human Rights Education in volume 56 of the Family Court Review (2018). Here is the abstract. Since launching his presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s rhetoric has often been divisive as well as demeaning of selected groups. This article examines the impact of Trump’s rhetoric on children and their communities and explores the role that human rights education can play in responding to Trump and forging broader support for human rights. The article reviews…

A million private landlords face ‘pension black hole’

“Smaller landlords hoping for a steady income in retirement are now worrying that their properties won’t even cover their own costs.” Nearly one million private landlords face a “pension black hole” after new laws and regulations mean the income from their properties won’t sustain them in retirement, according to research from MakeUrMove. It found that 43% of the UK’s private landlords invested in a property to provide for themselves in their retirement, with many actively encouraged to do so as a safe, secure…

McAdams on The Cross-Examination of Mayella Ewell @UChicagoLaw @AlaLawReview

Richard H. McAdams, University of Chicago Law School, has published The Cross-Examination of Mayella Ewell at 69 Alabama Law Review 579 (2018). Here is the abstract. This essay explores one central part of Tom Robinson’s trial in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus Finch’s cross-examination of Mayella Ewell. The eight- year-old Scout cannot fully understand the strategy and meaning of Atticus’ questions, but the trial supplies enough clues to understand more of Mayella’s life than is generally understood. Download the article from SSRN at the link. Source link

Half of Scots no longer believe they will buy their own home

“Attitudes towards home ownership are changing, with many people reassessing if and when they will make their first property purchase.” 48% of people in Scotland feel that they will never buy their own home, with less than a third (29%) feeling confident about their future purchasing prospects, according to research from Bank of Scotland. 31% of Scots also believe that it is normal to think that they will never own their own home. On the other hand, a significant proportion (17%) of…

Addressing the imbalance between housing supply and demand

“While it is essential that more homes are built that are priced fairly for first-time buyers, solely focusing on new-build developments is likely to result in missed targets” The news has been awash with some rather dispiriting statistics recently, which point towards some critical issues that need to be addressed within the UK’s property market. Specifically, it is clear that there are significant difficulties facing all types of property buyers, from first-timers to those looking to move up the ladder. At the end…

How can letting agents identify new revenue streams following the tenant fee ban?

“In the changing rental landscape, the most successful providers will be those who focus on retention over churn and adding value wherever possible is the surest way of achieving this.” Tenant perks platform, Vaboo, has researched the ways that letting agents can identify new revenue streams in the wake of the tenant fee ban, under which they are expected to lose up to £10m of revenue per year. Vaboo says the renting demographic is diversifying and expanding at a rapid pace and with…

The biggest house viewing faux pas revealed

“It’s no surprise buyers and sellers are making silly mistakes which could damage the interest from the buyer, or have an impact on whether the seller accepts an offer. ” Once a buyer decides to view a home, first impressions are crucial, so the house viewing needs to go as smoothly as possible. Propertymark asked its members to share the biggest house viewing faux pas they’ve seen both buyers and sellers have made. If you’re a buyer: Respect the property It’s…

Enquiries for houses with a swimming pool hit record high

Online estate agency, House Network, has reported a record number of enquiries for houses with swimming pools. The report follows on from Britain experiencing one of the longest heat waves, questioning whether the country is going to continue to follow these extreme temperatures for the longer term. House Network has reported 90% of their enquiries over the past two weeks requesting a property with outdoor space, with many customers specifically stating a swimming pool as priority. House Network reported no properties…