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Divorce dispute leads to prison sentence

A wealthy businessman has been jailed for contempt of court after failing to disclose full details of his financial situation during his divorce, reports the Independent.

Children and Families Bill under scrutiny

The Government’s draft Children and Families Bill has recently come under pre-legislative scrutiny by the UK Parliament’s Justice Committee.

Care application levels remain up on last year

In December 2012, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) received a total of 847 applications.

Government to provide additional mediation funding

The Government has announced that it intends to provide additional funding of £10 million to help couples going through separation and divorce.

Census figures highlight risks to cohabiting couples

New figures from the UK Census have revealed that more and more couples are living together without being married.

Government sets out plans for equal marriage

The Government has unveiled its plans to allow same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales.

Families need extra support at Christmas

Family support charity Family Lives is expecting to see a rise in the number of calls to its helpline over the festive period, from families struggling to help with the stresses and strains of Christmas.

Met cracks down on domestic violence

The Metropolitan Police Service has carried out an operation to help victims of domestic violence by targeting known domestic abusers.

Man wins equal pension benefits claim

Human rights organisation Liberty has helped a man win his legal battle to secure equal pension benefits for his civil partner.

Helping Children Understand Divorce

The following is an article with advice on the matter of discussing divorce with your children.  Prepare yourself and use the resources that are available, many of which are listed in this article below.

Life after family break-up

Government plans to amend the 1989 Children Act by introducing a presumption of shared parenting are well-intentioned but misguided, say the authors of new research into childhood experience of family break-ups.

Celebrities twice as likely to divorce

A new report from The Marriage Foundation has found that after ten years of marriage the divorce rate for celebrities is 40%. For the rest of the country, the figure is just 20% over the same amount of time.

Impact of recession on U.S. divorce rates

A new study has revealed that fewer American couples got divorced during the recession.

Adoption UK to run National Gateway

National membership organisation and support charity, Adoption UK, has been awarded the contract for the National Gateway for Adoption, in partnership with Coram and Coram Children’s Legal Centre.

Londoners back more support for grandparent carers

People in London are in favour of better financial and practical help for grandparents raising children because their parents can’t look after them, according to a new poll commissioned by charities Grandparents Plus, the Family and Parenting Institute and Family Lives.

London pilot shows early success in speeding up care proceedings

A care proceedings pilot launched between three London councils in April is already proving it is possible to dramatically speed up the majority of children’s care cases, including adoption, to hit the government’s target of six months.

The Importance of Non-Legal Skills in Private Law Disputes Relating to Children, Including International Relocation ("Leave to Remove") Cases

Despite the well-intentioned and very significant efforts invested by those involved in resolving private law children disputes within the family justice system (including international relocation or "leave to remove cases"), I do not believe that the critics of the system – mainly those parents unfortunate enough to be involved in it – are wholly unjustified in certain very important aspects of their criticism.

Improving the protection of children across borders

Children from the UK will now have international protection if they move to another country outside the European Union.

Court removes threat of prison for child maintenance arrears

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) cannot threaten two men with imprisonment if they continue to fail to pay child maintenance arrears, reports the Telegraph.

Helping children find new families

The Economic and Social Research Council has reported on recent research that suggests children's parties or activity days, where prospective adopters meet children awaiting adoption, could be part of the solution to the current adoption crisis.

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