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Support for families facing divorce

National support organisation Family Lives is bracing itself throughout January to support families going through separation or conflict with ex partners and step families, as the organisation’s new Divorce & Separation report highlights that couples are more likely to separate in January.

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Make mediation a resolution

New Year is the peak time for couples to consider divorce or separation - but Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly is encouraging families to consider mediation as an alternative to going to court.

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Minister proposes end to child maintenance exemptions

Work and Pensions Minister Maria Miller promised a new child maintenance system that was "fairer for children" as she announced proposals to remove the exemption from maintenance liability for some part-time public servants.

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Family structures in Ireland

One-in-three families in Ireland departs from the traditional model of a married couple both of whom are in their first marriage. This is one of many findings to emerge from the most detailed statistical study to-date of the structure of Irish families, which has recently been published.

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Consultation on domestic violence launched

Young people under 18 could be included within the cross-government definition of domestic violence for the first time, under a consultation launched by the Home Secretary Theresa May.

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‘Tis the season for.....arguments

New research from the relationship experts, Relate, reveals that whilst Christmas is certainly a time for families, it can also be a time when tempers fray. Last year the charity saw a 35% increase in people looking for relationship help and advice in the first week in January alone.

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Divorces in England and Wales 2010

A recent bulletin from the Office for National Statistics has revealed the number of divorces that took place in 2010 following court orders in England and Wales. The statistics do not include divorces to couples usually resident in England and Wales which take place abroad.

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Charity expects increased demand for support services

National charity Family Lives is bracing itself for an increase in calls to its helpline, Parentline, over the festive period from families in crisis.

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Proposals for new child maintenance scheme

Detailed proposals for the new statutory child maintenance scheme have been published, which include plans to increase the amount of maintenance paid by parents on state benefits and others declaring low incomes.

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Party leaders sign the ‘Real Man’ pledge

The leaders of the three main political parties have all signed the Women’s Aid ‘Real Man’ pledge to mark the International Day Against Violence Against Women.

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Helpline receives increased calls over children's aggression

The charity, Family Lives, has reported that calls to its Parentline regarding the aggressive behaviour of children have increased by 2%, but only 56% of respondents to an online survey had sought help for their child’s problem.

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Bar Council warns House of Lords about legal aid cuts

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has written to Peers to voice its concerns around the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (‘the Bill’), as it receives its Second Reading in the House of Lords.

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An opportunity lost, a generation betrayed

The charity, Families Need Fathers (FNF), has claimed that the recommendations made in the final report of the Family Justice Review are inadequate to address the deep-seated problems at the heart of the family justice system, and are unlikely to improve outcomes for children or their families.

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Child runaways in significant danger

A quarter of child runaways have been the victim of a harmful or dangerous experience, reveals new research from The Children’s Society.

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Supreme Court rules on division of property for cohabitees

The Supreme Court has ruled on the correct approach to calculating beneficial interests in property where the legal title to the property is held in joint names by an unmarried couple but there is no express statement of how it is to be shared.

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Cafcass releases latest care application figures

Recent figures released by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have shown that the Service received 841 care applications during October 2011.

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Family Justice Review proposals

The Family Justice Review panel has announced a package of recommendations aimed at tackling delays in the family justice system and to make sure that children and families are given the service they deserve.

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Slashing and burning legal aid

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has warned the Government of the serious consequences of pursuing far reaching cuts to legal aid, as the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill reaches Report Stage in the House of Commons.

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Domestic violence disclosure consultation launched

The Home Office has launched a consultation on whether to introduce a scheme for disclosing information about an individual’s history of domestic violence to a new partner.

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£11 million to fund family support services

Family organisations, including Relate, Netmums and Gingerbread, will receive Government funding to deliver national online and telephone support services.

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