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Study finds divorce numbers spike in March

A recent study by FindLaw.com has revealed that although January is generally thought of as “Divorce Month” by divorce lawyers, March also sees a spike in the number of divorce queries.

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Partners are the main source of emotional support

A recent survey has found that most people turn to their partners for emotional support in times of need. Data from Understanding Society, a study of 40,000 UK households, found that nine out of ten people who were married or cohabiting would talk to their partner about their worries when a problem crops up.

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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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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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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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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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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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Fixed duration marriages

Unhappy couples in Mexico City may soon be able to end their marriages without going through a divorce, reports the Guardian.

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Variety is now the spice of mid-life

The characteristics of mid-life have seen big changes over recent decades, according to a report published by the Office for National Statistics.

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Matrimonial survey reveals increase in prenuptial work

Grant Thornton's eighth annual matrimonial survey of family lawyers has revealed a continued increase in prenuptial work, with 58% of respondents saying that they had seen an increase in volume. Around 59% of those surveyed said that they expected further increases in volume over the coming year.

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Marry for love, not property

Rising divorce rates in China, and an increasing tendency for women to marry for materialistic reasons, has prompted the Chinese Supreme Court to make a controversial reinterpretation of the country's marriage laws, reports the Telegraph.

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Study into levels of conflict within marriage

Research in America has found that couples that fight or argue a lot at the start of their relationship are likely to continue having high levels of conflict throughout their marriage. 

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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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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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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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