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New Funding to End Delays for Children Awaiting Adoption

New Government funding worth £4.5 million is to be available to regional adoption agencies to help place children with new permanent families faster than ever before.

Divorce is not Necessarily Bad for your Health

Contrary to the findings of other studies, divorce, separation and remarriage are not necessarily bad for your health, according to a new UK-based study.

Financial Abuse goes “Under the Radar”

Just two in five UK adults are aware that domestic abuse can include a financial element, according to recent research from Citizens Advice.

No Evidence that Family Courts Discriminate against Fathers

A new study has found no evidence that family courts in England and Wales are discriminating against fathers because of gender bias.

New Measures to End Adoption Delays

The Queen’s Speech has outlined further improvements to the adoption system that aim to benefit children awaiting adoption by enabling them to be placed with a family far quicker.

Link Between Domestic Violence and Mental Health Problems

A recent study has found that men visiting their GP with symptoms of anxiety or depression are more likely to have experienced or carried out some form of behaviour linked to domestic violence and abuse.

Duration of Child Return Proceedings were a Breach of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights has recently given its decision in a case brought by a father who claimed that court proceedings concerning the return of his child lasted so long they were a breach of his rights under Art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (right to respect for private and family life).

Judge Gives Ruling in Surrogacy Case

A High Court judge has ruled that a one-year-old girl should live with her father and his male partner instead of her mother, reports the BBC.

Family Break-Up Linked to Psychosomatic Problems in Teens

Parental separation or divorce is linked to a heightened risk of psychosomatic problems among the children in the family, according to recent research from Sweden published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Financial Honesty in Relationships

Money is well known to be a common cause of stress within a relationship but, according to a recent survey by the Money Advice Service, many couples are far from honest with their partner about their finances.

Financial Impact of Divorce Lasts into Retirement

It is widely recognised that divorce can have a negative impact on a couple’s finances, but people are possibly less aware of how far reaching this impact can actually be.

Report Recommends Children’s Involvement in Mediation

An advisory group set up by Justice Minister Simon Hughes to investigate the best ways for children to be involved in out-of-court dispute resolution processes has now published its final report.

The Hidden Depths of Financial Abuse

The hidden misery of women trapped in financially abusive relationships has been revealed in a recent report by the TUC and Women’s Aid. According to the report, many of these women are trapped in poverty without any access to money for essentials, emergencies or for their children.

Enforcing Family Financial Orders

The Law Commission has published a consultation paper on the enforcement of family financial orders in England and Wales.

Support for Women Facing the Threat of Domestic Violence

The Government has announced funding of £10 million to help support refuges across the country and boost provision for vulnerable victims of domestic violence and their families.

Manifesto for Family Law Launched

Family law organisation Resolution has launched its Manifesto for Family Law, calling for widespread changes to the laws affecting divorce and separation.

Giving Children a Voice in Court

New Government proposals will mean that children involved in any type of family case - whether to remove them into care or disputes about child arrangements following divorce or separation - will be able to have their views heard when decisions are made that will affect them.

DNA Tests to Cut Courtroom Battles

The Government has recently announced that from September all family court judges in England will be able to order DNA tests to determine a child’s parentage.

Impact of Family Court Advisers

Researchers at Northumbria University have recently studied the impact of Family Court Advisers on the duration of court cases involving adoption or care proceedings.

An Insight into UK Family Structure

The Office for National Statistics has recently published statistics that give an interesting insight into the most common household types and family structures that existed in the UK during 2014.

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