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Through his experience as a solicitor and equity partner in leading City of London commercial law firms, and successful involvement in all aspects of his own international matrimonial litigation, it became clear to him that the practise of family law would benefit from both the application of a psychological skill set (reflecting the underlying "subject-matter" of family law: individuals with their own psychological make-up, decision-making and coping strategies) and the very high levels of service demanded by commercial law clients.

The very successful outcomes enjoyed in his own litigation with the assistance of Gavin Emerson are now being replicated (and, indeed, exceeded) time and again for his own clients, confirming the merit of such a unique joint legal-psychological blueprint and the importance of an empathetic child-centric approach that can only come from personal experience.

Post-adoption support

A recent report from the House of Lords Committee on Adoption Legislation has said that adoptive parents should receive more support to help them care for vulnerable children.

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New parental couples’ relationship programme

The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR) and Family Action are launching an innovative new “More than Mothering” programme to support couples as they resolve relationship issues that can affect their ability to parent their children effectively.

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Conceptions in England and Wales

The Office for National Statistics has recently published data on the rate of conception in England and Wales in 2011.

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Civil partnerships for heterosexual couples?

Four heterosexual couples are to go to the European Court of Human Rights to argue that the UK Government is discriminating by restricting the right to enter into a civil partnership to homosexual couples, reports the Telegraph.

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Enforcement of court-ordered child arrangements

Shared parenting charity, Families Need Fathers, has reported that the Government has published its response to the proposals on enforcing court-ordered child arrangements contained in the ‘Co-operative parenting following family separation’ consultation, which ran from 13th June – 5th September 2012.

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More support for adoptive families

The past twelve months have seen the Government place great emphasis on improving adoption processes in England for both children and potential adopters.

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Reducing delays in family courts

New measures have been introduced to ensure child care cases are dealt with more quickly and effectively in family courts. This is so children and families are spared unnecessary delays and the cost to taxpayers is reduced.

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Family Justice Board publishes action plan

The Family Justice Board has published details of the actions the Board and its partners will take to achieve the Government's vision of a family justice system that supports the delivery of the best possible outcomes for all children who come into contact with it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Government sets out plans for equal marriage

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Impact of recession on U.S. divorce rates

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

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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.

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