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'Kinship carers' left to fend for themselves

Family and friends carers, who are raising some of the nation’s most vulnerable children, are being left to fend for themselves and suffer significant levels of hardship as local authorities fail to implement central government policy, according to new research from advice charity Family Rights Group.

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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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Response to the Government's adoption action plan

Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, has commented on the Government's recently announced adoption action plan.

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Landmark move towards same-sex marriage

A consultation on how to lift the ban on same-sex couples marrying in a civil ceremony has been launched by the government.

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Relate responds to DWP Social Justice Strategy paper

Responding to the release of the Social Justice Strategy paper, John Loughton, Head of Public Policy at Relate, said:

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A speedier adoption process

The Prime Minister is to set out proposed changes to legislation to ensure that, when adoption is in a child’s best interests, they are placed in loving homes as soon as possible.

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Resolution statement on Government amendments to Legal Aid Bill

According to Resolution, the Government has accepted calls to adopt the police’s widely used definition of what constitutes domestic violence (the ACPO definition) in its Legal Aid and Sentencing Bill.

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ONS publishes data on conception rates

Recent data released by the Office for National Statistics has given a breakdown of the conception rate in England and Wales during 2010.

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Family arbitration scheme launched

A new scheme has been launched to enable family disputes to be resolved by arbitration. This scheme has been set up by the newly formed Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA), a not for profit organisation, created by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the Family Law Bar Association, and the family lawyers' group Resolution, in association with the Centre for Child and Family Law Reform.

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More support for male victims of domestic violence

Twelve organisations that support male victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse will receive a share of £225,000, Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone has announced.

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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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Family law reform proposals weaken safeguards for children

Nagalro, the professional association for court guardians, has welcomed the government’s commitment to reducing delay in the family justice system but warns that it risks harming children’s interests by ill-thought out change.

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Care applications to Cafcass remain high

The latest care statistics from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have revealed that the number of care applications continue to remain high.

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Proposed reforms to family justice system

The government's response to the recommendations of the family justice review panel includes reform proposals to help strengthen parenting, reduce the time it takes cases to progress through the courts, and simplify the family justice system.

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How to keep a marriage happy

A recent study has found that taking two holidays a year, having a meaningful conversation twice a week and cuddling 11 times in a fortnight are key ingredients for a happy marriage.

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Review of Hague Child Protection Conventions comes to an end

The second and final part of the Sixth Special Commission to review the practical operation of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction and 1996 Hague Child Protection Conventions has come to a close, where hundreds of experts from around the world gathered in the Academy Building of the Peace Palace to examine and discuss policy matters pertaining to both Conventions.

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Government to provide extra support for separating families

The Department of Work and Pension has announced that an extra £20 million will be made available to support separated and separating families as part of the reforms to mend the broken child support system.

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Social workers feel 'powerless' in child neglect cases

Over half (51%) of social workers, and a third of police officers (36%) report feeling 'powerless' to intervene in suspected cases of child neglect, according to a landmark report by children's charity, Action for Children.

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UK family and household structure

The Office for National Statistics has published a bulletin presenting annual statistics on family and household structure in the UK. A family is a married, civil partnered or cohabiting couple with or without children, or a lone parent with at least one child. Children may be dependent or non-dependent. Types of family include married couple families, cohabiting couple families and lone parent families.

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Justice reform – new data published

A new set of court statistics have been published that supports the case for a comprehensive reform programme across the justice system.

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