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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.

Matrimonial Survey 2013 Highlights A Rise In Self Representation

Published: 20 November 2013

The Matrimonial Survey 2013, which surveys family law experts across the UK has just been released, highlighting the biggest issues in family law over the past 12 months. The survey, published by accountancy firm Grant Thornton, gathers the opinions of 85 top family solicitors in the UK and releases the statistics every year, in the form of their Matrimonial Survey.

Number of Cohabiting Couples Rises By Over 20%

Published: 13 November 2013

The latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the percentage of unmarried couples living together has increased by 22% over the last 10 years, with three million cohabiting couples now living in the UK.

Over Half of Domestic Violence Victims Unable To Access Legal Aid

Published: 5 November 2013

A recent survey, published by Rights of Women, Women's Aid and Welsh Women's Aid, highlights that victims of domestic violence have not had the support they need from legal aid, contradicting a pledge from the government that legal aid would be available to those who need it.

50% of infants will see their parents separate by the time they are 15

Published: 25 October 2013

New research published by the Marriage Foundation predicts that almost half of today's children will experience a family breakdown by the time they reach their mid-teens.

Civil Partnership Dissolutions Increased By 20% In 2012

Published: 17 October 2013

Statistics published by the Office of National Statistics has show an dramatic increase in civil partnership dissolutions in the last few years.

Research Suggests Divorce Has A Negative Impact On Men's Health

Published: 9 October 2013

Our latest blog looks at the impact divorce can have on men's health both physically and mentally.

Appeals Process Changed For Benefits and Child Maintenance

Published: 2 October 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions are making changes to the appeal process for benefits and child maintenance claims.

Domestic Violence Claims Rise Following England World Cup Football Matches

Published: 30 September 2013

A recent study links a rise in domestic violence claims with England World Cup football matches.

Bedroom Tax Leaves A Third Of Council Tenants In Arrears

Published: 25 September 2013

New research carried out by government cuts campaign group False Economy suggests that one in three council house tenants have been left in arrears by the controversial 'Bedroom Tax' law, affecting around 50,000 council tenants.

Cohabiting Couples Need Protection From 'Common Law Marriage' Myth

Published: 19 September 2013

A survey by Resolution indicated that a large number of people still believe that 'Common Law Marriage' exists, highlighting that more should be done to protect cohabitants rights.

UK Research Shows Women Are Much Happier Following A Divorce

Published: 5 September 2013

A recent study shows that women are much happier following a divorce when compared to men.

New Tax Cuts Announced For Families Staying Together

Published: 2 September 2013

New government plans have been announced to reduce unfair council tax surcharges on family home improvements and family annexes.

Does Domestic Violence Encourage Aggressive Behaviour in Children?

Published: 21 August 2013

New research carried out by the Mandel School of Applied Science suggests that the exposure to violence alone can have severe long term effects on a child's behaviour.

Family Mediators Encouraged To Lead The Way

Published: 15 August 2013

Family mediators are being encouraged to lead the way in trying to promote out of court settlements following a new law which is being passed by Parliament.

Could Collaborative Law Help You Keep In Control Of Your Divorce?

Published: 6 June 2013

Family law has in recent times seen a new process known as collaborative law becoming increasingly popular as a way of dealing with family disputes. The aim of collaborative law is to resolve family disputes without going to court.

Cohabitation Agreements – Protecting Yourself As An Unmarried Couple

Published: 23 May 2013

Recent figures now show that that a third of today's teenagers are destined to cohabit rather than marry, compared with one in 10 of their grandparents. The number of cohabiting couples has increased by 65% in a decade and by 2014, married couples could account for less than half of British families.

How Can Injunctions Under The Family Law Act 1996 Protect You?

Published: 30 April 2013

The national press has, in recent times, seen pages filed with references to so-called 'super-injunctions'. These orders were initially used to prevent the press from publishing details about certain individuals and businesses in a variety of legal cases.

Divorce And Separation - Is Mediation A Better Option Than The Courts?

Published: 18 April 2013

Divorce and separation usually involves an emotional journey as well as a legal one. This can be a painful time. Emotions may run high and you may not feel as able to cope with stressful situations as usual. It's important that you give careful thought as to how you want to deal with issues that arise from the new situation you’re in.

Pre-Nups Carry Weight But Will They Become Legally Binding?

Published: 4 April 2013

Crucial legal advice will become out of reach for many people following the government’s decision to withdraw the availability of legal aid from family work in all but limited circumstances.

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