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Fee for Converting Civil Partnership to Marriage Temporarily Waived

Same sex couples in civil partnerships who wish to convert to marriage will be able to do so without a fee for a year from December. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid laid draft regulations before Parliament confirming that the fee for converting from a civil partnership relationship to a marriage relationship will be waived for a limited one year period.

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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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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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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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Family structures in Ireland

One-in-three families in Ireland departs from the traditional model of a married couple both of whom are in their first marriage. This is one of many findings to emerge from the most detailed statistical study to-date of the structure of Irish families, which has recently been published.

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Public supports tax breaks for marriage

Tax breaks for marriage are backed overwhelmingly by the British public, according to a new opinion poll commissioned by an independent think-tank.

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Fixed duration marriages

Unhappy couples in Mexico City may soon be able to end their marriages without going through a divorce, reports the Guardian.

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Variety is now the spice of mid-life

The characteristics of mid-life have seen big changes over recent decades, according to a report published by the Office for National Statistics.

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Government to consult on same-sex marriage

The Government has announced that it will start consulting next spring on legalising same-sex marriages, reports the BBC.

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Marry for love, not property

Rising divorce rates in China, and an increasing tendency for women to marry for materialistic reasons, has prompted the Chinese Supreme Court to make a controversial reinterpretation of the country's marriage laws, reports the Telegraph.

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Study into levels of conflict within marriage

Research in America has found that couples that fight or argue a lot at the start of their relationship are likely to continue having high levels of conflict throughout their marriage. 

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Recession stresses and strengthens relationships

A recent survey in America has looked at the impact the recession has had on marriage, and whether it has influenced the decision to seek a divorce.

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Call for tighter rules on foreign marriage partners

A call for tightening the rules on marriages to foreign partners has come from think-tank Migrationwatch.

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OECD publishes report on family well-being

A report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has shown that almost all OECD countries have seen a rise in poverty levels amongst households with children. The Doing Better for Families report calls for governments to ensure they have family support policies in place which protect the most vulnerable.

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The UK is a nation of happy couples

Whether married or cohabiting with a partner, the vast majority of couples in the UK are happy in their relationship. Initial findings from a research project 'Understanding Society' show that around 90% of individuals who are living with a partner are happy with their relationship.

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Civil partnerships in religious buildings

As part of its commitment to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB and T) people, the government has announced that religious buildings will be allowed to host civil partnership registrations.

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