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Agreeing Pension Separation in Divorce

New analysis has shown that private pension wealth is the biggest component of household wealth in the UK, and has highlighted how important it is that this wealth is separated fairly in the event of divorce for the future financial well-being of both parties.

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Dispute over Validity of Actor’s Prenuptial Agreement

The family of actor Alan Thicke is headed to court in a dispute over a prenuptial agreement, the LA Times has reported.

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Divorce myths to be dispelled

Separating couples are to be given clear new guidelines setting out what they should expect when property and income is distributed by the courts, the Government has announced.

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First steps in implementing same sex marriage

The first steps have been taken to implement the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, Justice Minister Lord McNally has announced.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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More UK couples involved in overseas custody cases

A service manager at the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), John Mellor, has reported seeing an increase in the number of international child custody cases involving British couples abroad, reports the Guardian.

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Latest statistics on births and deaths in England and Wales

The Office for National Statistics has recently published a statistical release showing that there were 723,913 live births in England and Wales in 2011, increasing slightly (by 0.1%) from 723,165 in 2010.

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BASW responds to adoption ‘demand’ claims

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has commented on recent claims that families who move to England from Slovakia and Russia are being unfairly targeted to satisfy demand from prospective British adopters.

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Adoption UK comments on adoption figures

Adoption UK has commented on the recent release by the Department of Education of statistics relating to children in care.

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Stability and security for fostered and adopted children

Barnardo's has issued a statement welcoming the announcement that the Government is to consult over changes to fostering and adoption procedures.

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Commission seeks views on matrimonial property, needs and agreements

The Law Commission has published a supplementary consultation paper as part of its project examining a number of different aspects of the law relating to the financial consequences of divorce and of the dissolution of civil partnership.

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