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Making it easier for separating couples

When married couples or civil partners separate, the courts have a wide discretion to make financial orders. One important element of those orders is to ensure that the financial needs of both partners are met.

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Women’s Aid challenges ONS statistics on domestic violence

The national domestic violence charity Women’s Aid has challenged statistics released by the ONS which suggest men and women are equally affected by domestic violence.

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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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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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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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Measures to improve adoption and fostering

Adopting and fostering will become a faster and more efficient process thanks to new arrangements for approving carers, Children’s and Families Minister Edward Timpson has announced.

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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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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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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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Child protection reforms welcomed

Professor Eileen Munro, author of the Government’s review of the child protection system, has said that a “culture change” is underway in the child protection system but outlined an urgent need to now accelerate reforms to create a more child-centred system.

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