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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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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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Lords debates Inheritance (Cohabitation) Bill

Members of the House of Lords have debated the key principles and purpose of the Inheritance (Cohabitants) Bill, which is a private members' bill aimed at making significant changes to the rights of a cohabitant in the event of their partner’s death.

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No increase in domestic violence applications

Government figures have revealed that the number of applications for domestic violence remedies in the second quarter of 2012 was almost unchanged from the same period in 2011.

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Government announces new definition of domestic violence

The Government has announced a new cross-government definition of domestic violence, which will include victims aged 16 and 17.

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Domestic chores are a common cause of dispute

A recent UK based survey into the reasons why couples divorce has found that disputes over household chores were the cause of divorce for 30% of couples polled, reports the Daily Mail. Infidelity caused 40% of marriage breakdowns, and drifting apart 35%.

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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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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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Children’s justice under threat

New figures released by the Ministry of Justice show that 13% of all children under 18 who currently receive help with legal costs will lose out under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Bill, due to return to the House of Commons on Tuesday 17th April after suffering a number of defeats in the House of Lords.

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