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Civil partnership trends in the UK

The Office for National Statistics has published annual statistics on civil partnerships that were formed in the United Kingdom in 2011, as well as those which were dissolved.

Family justice modernisation proposals published

Mr Justice Ryder’s report into the modernisation of Family Justice has now been published.

Report calls for more action on domestic abuse

A new report from think tank the Centre for Social Justice has called for a widening of the offence of domestic abuse to include cruel mind games.

Research into the financial impact of divorce

A recent study from Australia has found that equivalised household income after divorce declined for women but not for men.

Committee protests against shared parenting proposal

The Chair of the Justice Select Committee, the Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP, has written to the Prime Minister in relation to the Government’s proposals to change the Children Act 1989 in an attempt to promote shared parenting.

More babies in care to receive a stable home more swiftly

The Prime Minister has announced plans to reduce radically the time it takes for a baby to move in with their permanent family.

New offence strengthens child protection laws

A new law is now in force to tackle cases of causing or allowing serious physical harm to a child or vulnerable adult. The offence, part of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment) Act 2012, came into effect on Monday.

Divorce re-opens over shoe collection

A wealthy couple from New York, who divorced in 2009, have had their divorce settlement reopened after Daniel Shak raised a fresh suit, claiming that his ex-wife's shoe collection should have been included in the assets that were divided as part of the divorce settlement, reports the Telegraph.

New funding to help parents going through separation

The Government has unveiled plans to set up an Innovation Fund to promote collaborative parenting in families going through separation or divorce.

New investigation into adoption

The Family Rights Group has responded to the news that a new select committee investigation into the adoption process in England and Wales has been launched.

Care system places children in danger

Children who go missing from care are being systematically failed and placed in great danger by the very professionals who are there to protect them, according to a parliamentary inquiry report.

Government consults on child access after separation

Ministers have put forward proposals to strengthen the law to ensure that children can continue to see both parents if they separate or divorce where it is safe and in the child’s best interest.

Grandparents risk poverty raising grandchildren

A new study by charity Grandparents Plus has revealed that lack of support from Government and local authorities means that many grandparents face poverty after dropping out of the labour market to raise their grandchildren.

Government confirms criminalisation of forced marriage

Forcing someone to marry will become a criminal offence in England and Wales, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

More young people still live with their parents

The number of people who are still living in their parents' home between the ages of 20 and 34 has increased by 20% since 1997, reports the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Help for doctors in responding to domestic abuse

Victims of domestic violence will have an additional source of help when new domestic abuse guidance for general practices is released this June.

Quicker action to keep children safe

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has published new research which shows that local authorities are acting more quickly to keep vulnerable children safe.

Survey highlights importance of prenuptial agreements

A recent American survey has found that almost half of divorced or separated adults questioned regret not spending more time discussing finances before they got married. This view is shared by over a quarter of currently married respondents.

Commission's cost reduction report published

The Commons Public Accounts Committee has published a report of its review of the the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission's (the Commission) cost reduction plans.

Military marriages prove resistant to divorce

A new study from America has found that marriages involving military personnel are no more vulnerable to divorce than civilian marriages, despite the long working hours and frequent prolonged separations.

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