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Recession stresses and strengthens relationships

A recent survey in America has looked at the impact the recession has had on marriage, and whether it has influenced the decision to seek a divorce.

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Record calls to fathers' helpline

A national parenting charity has reported a high number of calls to its evening telephone helpline. Families Need Fathers is a shared parenting charity, which helps parents whose relationship with their children is at risk following divorce or separation.

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Funding cuts risk domestic violence services

Local authorities are ignoring Ministers’ warnings that violence against women services should not be a soft target for funding cuts and are risking women’s safety and support, according to the TUC, End Violence Against Women Coalition and Women’s Resource Centre.

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Media access and reporting in Family Courts

The President of the Family Division, the Judicial College and the Society of Editors have issued a joint publication setting out the current state of the law with regard to the reporting of cases in family courts.

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CSA cracks down on non-paying parents

Recent figures released by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission have revealed that a record 868,700 children are receiving maintenance payments through the Child Support Agency (CSA).

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Advocacy blueprint needed to promote children's rights

Maggie Atkinson, the Children's Commissioner, is championing the development of a blueprint for advocacy services to help vulnerable children. The blueprint will help to ensure that these children have ready access to professionals and services that can support them in having a real say in decisions affecting their lives, under the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Children.

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Divorce settlement compensates for housework

A woman in Spain has been awarded over $150,000 in a divorce settlement in recognition of her work looking after the couple's home and child during their marriage, reports UPI.

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Report on shared care arrangements

A recently published report on shared care arrangements has revealed that while sharing the care of children can work well for some separated families, for others it can be the cause of additional problems, especially families on modest or low incomes.

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Civil partnerships increase

There were 6,385 civil partnerships formed in the UK in 2010, up 1.7% on 2009, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics.

 

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Domestic violence intervention trial

A new scheme that will allow the police to prevent suspected domestic abusers from returning to a victim's home is being piloted over the next twelve months.

 

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Campaign to tackle international parental child abduction

Recent figures released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have shown a 10% increase in the number of new cases of children being abducted by a parent and taken to a country that is not party to the Hague child abduction convention.

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Law Society supports recommendations of Family Justice Review

The Law Society has given its support to proposals made by the Family Justice Review to improve the current family justice system.

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Being out of work can raise risk of divorce

A recent research study in America has looked at how employment status can influence the decision by men and women to get a divorce, reports the Telegraph.

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Research reveals prevalence of kinship care

A recent study has revealed that around 173,200 children across the UK are being raised by a relative instead of by their mother or father. This equates to around one in every 77 children in the UK. These figures are based on data from the 2001 census, and researchers believe the numbers are likely to have increased significantly since then.

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Council of Europe calls for action against domestic violence

Representatives from the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) and the United Nations have called on all 27 member states of the European Union – and the EU itself – to sign up to the ground breaking new Council of Europe Convention on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

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Review of Hague Conventions suggests operational improvements

The recent review of the practical operation of the Hague Abduction and Child Protection Conventions has drawn to a close, with the Special Commission making a number of recommendations to improve the way the Conventions operate in Contracting States. 

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Call for tighter rules on foreign marriage partners

A call for tightening the rules on marriages to foreign partners has come from think-tank Migrationwatch.

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Hague child protection Conventions under review

The Hague Special Commission has met to review the practical operation of two important child protection Conventions which protect the safety and welfare of children all over the world.

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Children to shape the future of the family justice system

Children are the most important people in the Family Justice system and their voice needs to be heard in proposed reforms to Family Justice, says an independent panel set up to review how it could be reformed.

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Child protection body to lead national response on missing children

Home Office Minister James Brokenshire has announced that from 1st July 2011 the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre will use its expertise in protecting vulnerable children to take the lead in missing children's services across the UK.

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