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Divorcing couples urged to try mediation

Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes has called on more parents and couples to use mediation rather than face the stressful experience of going to court following the recent publication of the Office of National Statistics figures.

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Gay couple must end civil partnership before they can marry

A gay couple is considering suing the UK Government after being told they cannot get married unless they first dissolve their civil partnership, reports the Guardian.

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Relationship support services bring many benefits

A new independent report has found that relationship support services deliver financial and emotional benefits to both individuals and society in general.

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Latest statistics from Cafcass

The latest figures from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have revealed that it received a total of 808 care applications in December 2013. This figure represents a 6% decrease compared to those received in December 2012.

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Partnership to strengthen law on domestic violence

Three high-profile domestic violence charities have formed a partnership to campaign for the law on domestic violence to be strengthened.

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New measures to keep separating couples out of court

The Government has recently given further details on a new law being introduced to help separating parents and couples avoid stressful court battles.

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Latest private law figures from Cafcass

The latest figures from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) show that during the month of November, it received a total of 3,524 new private law cases. This is a 15% decrease on November 2012 levels.

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Calls for greater rights for kinship carers

Grandparents and family carers in the North West have joined forces to call for better support for family members who are bringing up a relative’s child because of serious family problems.

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Court fee changes for civil court proceedings

The Government has recently announced that people taking high value cases through civil courts in England and Wales will be expected to pay much more towards their running costs. However, the fees for domestic violence injunctions will be scrapped.

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Christmas a stressful time for divorcing couples

A recent survey conducted on behalf of family law body Resolution has revealed that more than 40% of people find the Christmas season “very stressful,” while one in three (33%) say they “just want the Christmas season to be over as soon as possible."

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Strong relationships are necessary for a thriving society

Leading relationship charities have joined forces to create an alliance which aims to put strong and stable relationships at the heart of a thriving society. The Relationships Alliance, comprising of Relate, Marriage Care, the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships and OnePlusOne, recently had its official launch in the House of Commons.

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Latest care application numbers

The latest figures from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) show that it received a total 972 applications in October 2013. This makes October the second highest month for applications this year and represents a 2% increase over the number received in October 2012.

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Court ruling on benefit cap and domestic violence criticised

Women’s Aid has condemned a decision by the High Court that survivors of domestic violence will still be affected by the benefit cap, which threatens to make many vulnerable women homeless or trap them in violent relationships.

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Can divorce be catching?

According to a recent study from America, divorce can be contagious, reports the Pew Research Centre.

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NSPCC report asks 'How Safe are our Children?'

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Children in limbo following legal aid ruling

Children at the centre of family law cases will face alarming uncertainty about their future as a result of a stalemate over the funding of expert witnesses in family cases, following a High Court ruling.

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Extended definition of domestic violence takes effect

The definition of domestic violence has now been expanded to cover more victims. Young people aged 16 to 17 and coercive control – a pattern of controlling behaviour – are now included for the first time.

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The cost of family breakdown continues to rise

According to National Family Mediation (NFM), the Relationships Foundation’s latest “Cost of Family Failure Index” has revealed that the cost of relationship breakdown and divorce is continuing to rise, and has now reached £46 billion a year (which works out at around a cost of £1,541 per taxpayer).

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Moving family mediation forward

Family Justice Minister Lord McNally has called on mediators to lead the way in promoting out of court solutions to help separating families.

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False allegations of domestic violence are rare

The first ever study by the Crown Prosecution Service into so-called false allegations of rape and domestic violence has been published by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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