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Social Media A Major Player in UK Divorces

Social media is a major catalyst in divorces in the UK according to a recent report conducted by Slater and Gordon.

The survey comes following the questioning of over 2,000 married Britons and revealed the growth in the power of social media, and the impact it is having on marriages across the UK. The survey found that one in seven of those questioned would consider a divorce due to the behaviour of their partner on social media.

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Gay Couple Win Custody Battle

A High Court judge has ruled that a gay couple should have custody of a baby girl rather than the surrogate mother.

The woman said they had agreed for her to be the main parent of the child, but the father, who donated sperm, said that the woman had agreed to be a surrogate for him and his partner.

It was deemed that the one-year-old should be removed from the custody of her mother and placed with her father as it was in “the best interests” of the girl.

Mr Justice Russell said: "The pregnancy was contrived with the aim of a same-sex couple having a child to form a family assisted by a friend.

"Therefore [the girl] living with [the two men] and spending time with [the woman] from time to time, fortunately, coincides with the reality of her conception and accords with [the girl's] identity and place within her family."

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin Finalise Divorce

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have filed for divorce after announcing they had split up over a year ago.

The Coldplay frontman and Hollywood actress announced they had "consciously uncoupled" in March 2014 after ten years of marriage. The couple had two children together but took significant time before officially filing the papers.

There have been mixed reports on the settlement agreement between the couples with some stating that their business managers and solicitors have been left to argue the details, with others reporting that everything has been split equally.

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Introduce Blame Free Divorces According to Senior Judge

One of the UK’s most senior judges believes that adultery should be removed as a reason for divorce in order to create blame free divorces. Baroness Hale believes that such a development would end bitter divorce battles.

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Family Court Open Days Called For By Judiciary

The Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group have called for annual open days for children in their latest report.

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International Women’s Day: Government Marks Day With Report To End Violence

The government have marked International Women's Day by releasing an update on their campaign to end violence against women and girls.

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Calls For No Fault Divorces

The law should be changed to allow blame-free divorces in England according to leading charity group Resolution.

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Cohabiting Couples Fastest Growing Family Type

According to statistics from the Office for National Statistic, cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK. The 2014 study showed that cohabiting families grew by almost 30% between 2004 and 2014.

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Government Scrap Proposals to Increase Divorce Fee

The Government has announced that it has scrapped plans to increase the cost of beginning divorce proceedings in the UK following a consultation on the matter.

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Majority of UK Approves of New Childcare Rules

According to a survey carried out on behalf of the UK Government, the majority of adults in the UK approve of the new shared parental leave regulations coming into effect in April this year.

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Divorce Damages Children’s Exam Results

According to research, a breakdown of family life and divorce have a significant effect on a child's personal life and exam results.

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Online Child Abuse Laws to End “Grey Area”

New laws are set to be passed to end a “grey area” in online child abuse in England and Wales. Under current laws it is illegal for anyone to possess explicit images of children, but not illegal to ask children to send them.

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Cuts to Legal Aid Costing the Taxpayer over £3 Million

The number of cases in family court which has seen both parties have no legal representation has almost doubled in the last year alone according to a report from the National Audit Office. (NAO)

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Family Law Within Legal Aid Cuts: Can Justice Be Done?

Access to justice by way of a fair trial is being severely restricted by the rising number of estranged couples representing themselves in family court disputes because of inadequate provisions to legal aid.

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Reforms Encourage Parent Child Relationships

Law reform introduced this week will reinforce relationships between children and parents in separated families.

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Victims of Domestic Violence Struggling For Legal Aid

Restrictions on the legal aid budget for domestic abuse victims were introduced 18 months ago as part of a wide scale plan to cut the budget by £215 million by 2018-19.

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Wife Granted Permission to Appeal divorce agreement to Supreme Court

Wife granted permission to appeal divorce agreement to Supreme Court

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Child Maintenance: New Collection Fees and Enforcement Charges

On the 30th of June this year, the Government introduced new application fees and enforcement charges for people wishing to use the Child Maintenance Service’s Collect and Pay system. The new fees came into force on the 11th of August.

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Will Insolvency Affect my Marriage or Divorce?

Will insolvency affect my marriage?

If you have financial problems which may border on insolvency, you may be concerned about how this will affect your spouse or spouse-to-be. This post considers how  the Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) scheme may affect you and your partner, and addressees common concerns  and the concerns that married or co-habitant people may have about it.

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New Protection From FGM and Forced and Child Marriage Pledged by Government

The Prime Minister along with International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Home Secretary Theresa May announced new forms of action and greater funding to protect girls in the UK and abroad from female genital mutilation and forced marriage. The announcement was made at the Girl Summit 2014.

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