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Couples Urged to Think About a Cohabitation Agreement

A woman who lived with a married man has won a court battle to inherit his half of the house they shared.

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Christmas a stressful time for divorcing couples

A recent survey conducted on behalf of family law body Resolution has revealed that more than 40% of people find the Christmas season “very stressful,” while one in three (33%) say they “just want the Christmas season to be over as soon as possible."

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Court ruling on benefit cap and domestic violence criticised

Women’s Aid has condemned a decision by the High Court that survivors of domestic violence will still be affected by the benefit cap, which threatens to make many vulnerable women homeless or trap them in violent relationships.

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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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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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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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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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American couples fight over finances

A recent survey conducted in America has found that couples average three arguments a month about financial issues, and that three in ten adults who are married or living with a partner admit to potentially deceitful behaviour about money.

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Charity responds to Cafcass research

The Family Rights Group has responded to new research released by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), which claims that local authorities are acting more quickly to process care applications.

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Legislation to support families and children

New legislation announced in the Queen's Speech aims to improve family justice by reducing delays in the system and speeding up adoption processes.

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Child needs foster family every 22 minutes

A child comes into care and needs a foster family every 22 minutes across the UK, new figures from the Fostering Network have revealed.

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Support for victims of domestic violence

Help for migrants forced to flee their relationships as a result of domestic violence has been made available permanently.

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