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Changes to Islamic divorce laws in Palestine

Palestinian religious authorities are to make changes to Islamic divorce laws that will make it easier for women to divorce their husbands, reports the Washington Post.

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Couples resent spending money on each other

New research by Confused.com has revealed that love could be one of the biggest losers of the recession as bailing out one's partner or spouse is the most resented expenditure among the nation's adults.

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Latest child support statistics

The Department of Work and Pensions has published the latest quarterly statistics on the payment of child maintenance through the Child Support Agency (CSA).

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Money is the cause of most couples' arguments

The results of a survey into conflict between couples have shown that money is a common cause of conflict at every stage of a couple's relationship.

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Separation more practical than divorce for low income couples

Researchers in America have found that many couples on low incomes are opting to live with a long-term separation rather than get a divorce.

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The financial impact of divorce

Recent figures from debt charity Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS) have shown that divorce and relationship breakdown is leading 25 people to seek help with unmanageable debt each day.

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Study finds factors that can shape co-parenting experiences

The type of relationship a woman has with her ex-partner is a factor in how the couple shares custody of children, according to a Kansas State University expert on post divorce and co-parenting relationships.

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Cafcass releases care demand statistics for July

The latest figures released by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have shown that care application demand continues to be at a very high level.

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Adoptions in England and Wales

The Office for National Statistics has published a bulletin presenting annual statistics on adoptions which took place following court orders in England and Wales in 2011.

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Romance Awareness Month

In celebration of Romance Awareness Month, which is observed during the month of August, Zoosk.com, the romantic social network, recently surveyed more than 2,300 Americans including those who are single and in a committed relationship, to gather their thoughts about modern day romance.

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Scottish cohabitation ruling has “lessons to be learned” for England

A unanimous ruling by the UK Supreme Court in a Scottish cohabitation case has clear lessons for the way the law should be reformed in England and Wales, Lady Hale (one of the judges ruling on the case) has said.

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Children who witness domestic abuse need more help

A new report from think tank the Centre for Social Justice has called for an overhaul of government policies to help the nearly three million children who have witnessed domestic abuse.

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Child maintenance reforms to affect children

Single parent charity Gingerbread has warned that the reforms of the child maintenance system will lead to many children losing out, as new DWP data reveals that 100,000 parents are expected to drop out of the system and stop getting child maintenance altogether.

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Cafcass publishes its 2011-12 Annual Report

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2011-12.

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Report examines the case for equal marriage

In the first detailed examination of the pros and cons of same sex marriage, the authors of a paper published by think tank Policy Exchange argue that the balance of argument favours equal marriage.

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175 years of civil registration

The General Registrar Office (GRO) celebrated an important birthday on 1st July – it is 175 years since the civil registration service began in England and Wales. Since that date every birth and death has had to be registered by a local registrar.

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Kinship carers win major concession

Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud has announced a one year exemption from conditionality under Universal Credit for grandparents and other relatives (kinship) carers, who are taking on the responsibility for bringing up children because their parents cannot look after them.

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New support services for separating parents

The Government is taking radical steps to promote collaborative parenting in separated families. A fund, worth up to £14 million over two years, is being established to develop effective and innovative support services for separated and separating families.

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Charity welcomes consultation on shared parenting

The Government’s consultation on proposed legislation on the involvement of both parents in a child’s life has been welcomed by charity, Families Need Fathers.

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Children being failed by the care system

A recent parliamentary inquiry report by two All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) has called for an independent investigation into children's homes in England, claiming that the system of residential care is 'not fit for purpose' for children who go missing.

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