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New Child Maintenance Online Tool Kit Released

Published: 7 May 2014

A new child maintenance tool kit has been released online by the Department of Work and Pensions to provide organisations and child maintenance clients with the latest information about changes to child maintenance and to aid the phasing out of the old Child Support Agency (CSA) system.

New research finds children living with step-parents are just as happy as those living with biological parents

Published: 28 April 2014

A recent study, completed by senior researchers at one of Britain's leading social research institutes NatCen, has found that children are 'no less happy' living with a lone parent or step-parents then they are living with both biological parents.

New family justice reform comes into force

Published: 23 April 2014

The largest family justice reform of a generation has come into effect, which will see major changes to the family justice system, as well as a new combined Family Court in England and Wales.

Husband kills wife's pet ram during divorce battle and is ordered to pay £170k a year

Published: 16 April 2014

A high court judge has ordered a wealthy businessman to pay his ex-wife maintenance fees of £170,000 a year after he killed her pet ram at their home in the south of France.

Resolution allies with credit provider to help couples fund separation

Published: 10 April 2014

National organisation of family lawyers Resolution have revealed that they can now offer unsecured loans to help separating couples fund court cases, due to a new partnership with credit provider Iceberg Client Credit.

New law being considered to stop emotional abuse of children

Published: 2 April 2014

Following a recent campaign by children's charity Action for Children, the government are considering the introduction of new laws to punish parents who emotionally neglect their children.

Children separated from their families must have access to court records says senior family judge

Published: 24 March 2014

The President of the Family Division and Britain's most senior family judge, Sir James Munby, has called on the family courts and the Court of Protection to allow children who have been separated from their families access to court records, so they understand the reasons behind a judge's decision.

250,000 more children living with both birth parents

Published: 19 March 2014

Figures released in the latest Family Stability Indicator have revealed that the number of children living with both birth parents had risen by a quarter of a million in 2012 when compared to the previous year.

'Clare's Law' introduced to help tackle domestic violence

Published: 12 March 2014

A new Domestic Violence Disclosure scheme for England and Wales has come into effect to help tackle domestic violence claims, by allowing people to contact the police to check if their partner has any previous history of domestic abuse.

Government confirm conversion of civil partnerships to same sex marriages will take place by the end of the year

Published: 4 March 2014

Same-sex couples who are in civil partnerships received a huge boost last week as plans to be able to convert civil partnerships to same-sex marriages took another step towards a positive conclusion.

Blended families are now replacing the nuclear family, but it's no bad thing says Supreme Court Judge

Published: 26 February 2014

In a speech to the Medico-Legal Society in Northern Ireland, Supreme Court Judge Lord Wilson has stated that he believes the traditional nuclear family is in decline and that we live in a world where "blended families" are the norm - but thinks this is actually a good thing, as having a wider and more diverse family made up of half-siblings and step-parents may actually provide a more stable and healthier environment for a child.

Financial worries puts off one in seven people from divorce or separation

Published: 20 February 2014

A new survey has revealed that as many as one in seven people who have gone through a divorce or have ended a long term relationship have admitted that they should have done it sooner, but were concerned about the financial burden that comes following a separation.

Child maintenance set for changes as new plans sweep through parliament

Published: 11 February 2014

The child maintenance system in the UK is set for changes this week that will see additional fees apply to both parents through the new Child Maintenance Service (CMS), replacing the existing Child Support Agency (CSA). Over the next three years, the government plan to close the current CSA and and replace it with the new CMS, a service for which separated parents will be charged for.

Same sex couple take legal action over refusal to convert civil partnership to same sex marriage

Published: 30 January 2014

A same sex couple have threatened legal action after being told they will have to dissolve their civil partnership before they can get married when the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act comes into force.

Married Men are 25% more likely to be overweight

Published: 22 January 2014

A recent study published in the US by the journal 'Families, Systems & Health' has revealed that married men were 25% more likely to be overweight than single men or those in a casual relationship.

New survey shows a third of separated mothers think fathers shouldn't have a say

Published: 14 January 2014

A new study, conducted by relationship counselling group Relate has highlighted that one in three mothers who have been separated from their partners think that the father shouldn't have any influence on their child's upbringing.

New research finds British courts give the most generous divorce payouts

Published: 7 January 2014

New research by an international law firm has highlighted that courts in England and Wales give the highest maintenance payouts following a divorce, due to a higher level of freedom allowed to judges in Britain, compared to judges in the US, New Zealand, South Africa and in the rest of Europe.

Number of Men Seeking Divorce for 'Unreasonable Behaviour' Soars

Published: 19 December 2013

A new analysis of divorce figures from the last 40 years has revealed a dramatic increase in the number of men seeking to divorce their wives on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour. Between 1971 and 2011, the number of such cases increased six fold.

New Figures Show Increase in Adoption Rates

Published: 13 December 2013

According to figures found in a recent Ofsted report, the number of adoptions between 1st April 2012 and 31st March 2013 stood at 3,782. This was 9.6% higher than the previous year, representing an increase of 332.

One In Eight Fathers Have No Contact With Their Children

Published: 26 November 2013

New research from the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) has highlighted that one in eight fathers in the UK have no contact with their children following a divorce or separation.

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