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Factors Affecting Relationship Success

The different factors that can affect the success of a relationship or the likelihood of a marriage ending in divorce still appear to be popular areas of study for researchers. While some of these factors can seem quite obvious, others would appear on the face of it to have less of a direct link to relationship happiness.

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Couples Use Prenuptial Agreements to Cover Pet Custody Issues

New research from Direct Line Pet Insurance has revealed that as many as 28% of people would consider putting a prenuptial agreement in place to cover custody of their pets in the event that a relationship breaks down.

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Maintenance Payments Hit Record Levels

The number of non-resident parents who pay towards the cost of their children through the Child Support Agency (CSA) has hit an all-time high, according to the Government.

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Charities call on Lords to ensure homes for care leavers

Forty charities, other organisations and academics have joined together to call on the House of Lords to support a once-a-generation chance to change the law so that fostered young people in England can stay with their foster carers until the age of 21.

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More civil partnerships created – and dissolved

More civil partnerships are being created in England and Wales than ever before, and more are being dissolved too. So say the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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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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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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More countries sign up to child protection conventions

The Russian Federation and Lesotho have deposited their instruments of accession to the 1996 Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children.

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Education of looked after children slowly improving

The educational attainment of looked after children and young people is improving slowly but there is too much variation in attainment, inconsistent support and a lack of clearly defined outcomes against which progress can be assessed. These are the findings of a report published by the Auditor General for Wales.

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Mother wins reprieve in international custody dispute

Four sisters caught up in an international custody dispute have been allowed to remain with their mother in Australia for a further month after a Family Court judge agreed to another hearing, reports the Brisbane Times.

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High Court rules on care consent case

The High Court has ruled that social workers were wrong to obtain consent from a woman to take her new-born baby into care when she was still under the affects of drugs administered during a difficult birth, reports the Daily Mail.

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Adoption UK statement on new adoption figures

Adoption UK has issued a statement in response to recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which show that there has been a 6% increase in the overall level of adoptions in England and Wales.

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Lord Chief Justice’s Report laid before House of Lords

The latest Lord Chief Justice’s Report has been laid before the House of Lords.

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Family justice modernisation proposals published

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

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