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Recovering Child Maintenance Arrears

The Department of Work and Pensions has recently launched a consultation exercise over plans to implement existing powers to make deduction orders to recover child maintenance arrears from joint bank accounts held by a non-resident parent.

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Family Unsure How to Help Domestic Abuse Victims

Just under a third of people in Britain know someone who is a victim of domestic abuse, but most do not feel equipped to help them, new findings from Citizens Advice have revealed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Children's Relationship with Separated Parents

A new law came into force on 22nd October that reinforces the importance of children having relationships with each parent following family breakdown.

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Child Maintenance System Fees Come into Effect

New enforcement fees for people using the Child Maintenance Service Collect and Pay system came into effect on 11th August this year.

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Council fails to pay proper financial support to foster carers

The Local Government Ombudsman has found that Liverpool City Council has been failing to pay around 340 foster carers the correct amount of allowances for a number of years.

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Support for specialist family courts

A pioneering family court service which offers parents a better chance of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction is to be extended across the UK.

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Policy shift needed to prevent child abuse, says NSPCC

Children’s charity the NSPCC is calling for a new approach to child abuse, focusing more on prevention as well as protection. It says this should help close the gap between the number of children who are abused or neglected at home, and the number who are actually protected by local authorities.

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Shared parenting presumption

The Government’s plan to introduce a legal presumption of shared parenting has proved to be very controversial.

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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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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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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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ECHR rejects care order claim

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a claim that the Official Solicitor’s decision to place a woman’s child into care, and subsequently for adoption, was in breach of the woman’s human rights.

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The emotional impact of children moving away

We live in an increasingly globalised and fast-paced society. It is more common than ever for us to move overseas to work, and marriages between partners of different nationalities are on the increase. This creates obvious problems where children are concerned. While me may hope that our moves abroad, and our marriages, are permanent, often our work situation changes or our relationships break down. In these types of situation, children can become the subject of custody disputes of a transnational (or perhaps even just trans-regional) character. One partner may wish to return to their native land (or indeed remain in an adopted homeland) when a relationship breaks down.

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Growth in cohabitation in America

A recent release from the U.S. Census Bureau has showed that interracial or interethnic opposite-sex married couple households grew by 28% over the decade from 7% in 2000 to 10% in 2010.

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