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Cafcass reports on private law demand

In February 2013, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) received a total of 3,998 new private law cases. This is a 5% increase on February 2012 levels.

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Is marriage good for your health?

A number of recent studies have looked into the impact of marital status on a person’s health. The findings from these studies have led researchers to draw a number of interesting conclusions.

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Young people most at risk of being forced into marriage

Latest statistics from the Forced Marriage Unit suggest young people aged between 16 and 25 are most at risk of being forced into marriage.

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Government encourages more mediation

Separating couples are being urged to use mediation instead of ending up in courtroom battles after a list of England and Wales divorce hot spots was revealed.

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More foster carers needed across the UK

New figures from the Fostering Network show that at least 9,000 new foster families are needed across the UK during 2013 to look after the record numbers of children in care who need to be fostered.

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Children and Families Bill; a missed opportunity?

TACT, the fostering and adoption charity, has responded to the publication of the Children and Families Bill, seeing it as a missed opportunity.

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Top five wishes for family justice system

Representatives of children and young people in England and Wales have spoken out about their experiences of the family justice system, and given suggestions on how the system can ensure its operations are as child-centred as possible.

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Measures to reduce family court delays

The Government has announced the introduction of new measures aimed at reducing delays in family court proceedings.

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Equal marriage moves a step closer

A Government commitment to open up marriage to same-sex couples has taken an important step forward with the publication of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

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Men encouraged to seek relationship support

Relate, the relationship support organisation, has launched a national awareness campaign targeting men. The campaign is aimed at encouraging men to seek support when they are going through divorce or separation, or other relationship breakdowns.

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Adoption ‘hotspots' map unveiled

Would-be adopters can now access a new map showing the areas with the highest number of children waiting for new homes.

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Additional funding for mediation

New measures are being put in place to support separating couples at the time of year when the number of people considering separation and divorce is at its peak.

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Adoption targets will lead to rushed assessments

The imposition of six month targets for placing children in care for adoption will lead to rushed and inadequate assessments, potentially making the process too fast for would-be adopters and open to abuse by predatory child abusers.

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Government sets out plan for equal marriage

Same-sex couples in England and Wales are set to be allowed to marry, under plans unveiled by Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller.

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Councils must drive out delays in adoptions

Councils must do more to ensure children awaiting adoption are not deprived of a loving permanent family because of council delays, children’s minister Edward Timpson has said.

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Cuts in refuge services putting women at risk

An estimated 27,900 women affected by domestic violence have had to be turned away by the first refuge service that they approached in the last year, because there was no space, according to new figures from Women’s Aid.

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Brits hide money from partners

Millions of people across the UK have savings, investments, debts and income that they choose to keep hidden from their partners, according to new research from Prudential.

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Proposed Children Act amendment is misguided

A recent report has described the Government’s plans to amend the 1989 Children Act by introducing a presumption of shared parenting as well-intentioned but misguided.

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Domestic abuse services save lives

A new research report by national charity CAADA has found that ‘high risk' domestic abuse services are saving lives and a significant amount of public money, despite being seriously under-resourced.

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Government calls for more adopters

Secretary of State Michael Gove has called on more people to adopt children. The call comes as it has emerged that more than 4200 children are ready for adoption but have not yet been able to move in with a family – a figure that has grown by 650 in each of the last two years.

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