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How to keep a marriage happy

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A recent study has found that taking two holidays a year, having a meaningful conversation twice a week and cuddling 11 times in a fortnight are key ingredients for a happy marriage.

The second and final part of the Sixth Special Commission to review the practical operation of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction and 1996 Hague Child Protection Conventions has come to a close, where hundreds of experts from around the world gathered in the Academy Building of the Peace Palace to examine and discuss policy matters pertaining to both Conventions.

The Department of Work and Pension has announced that an extra £20 million will be made available to support separated and separating families as part of the reforms to mend the broken child support system.

Over half (51%) of social workers, and a third of police officers (36%) report feeling 'powerless' to intervene in suspected cases of child neglect, according to a landmark report by children's charity, Action for Children.

UK family and household structure

Posted by on in Cohabitation

The Office for National Statistics has published a bulletin presenting annual statistics on family and household structure in the UK. A family is a married, civil partnered or cohabiting couple with or without children, or a lone parent with at least one child. Children may be dependent or non-dependent. Types of family include married couple families, cohabiting couple families and lone parent families.

A new set of court statistics have been published that supports the case for a comprehensive reform programme across the justice system.

Support for families facing divorce

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National support organisation Family Lives is bracing itself throughout January to support families going through separation or conflict with ex partners and step families, as the organisation’s new Divorce & Separation report highlights that couples are more likely to separate in January.

Make mediation a resolution

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New Year is the peak time for couples to consider divorce or separation - but Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly is encouraging families to consider mediation as an alternative to going to court.

Work and Pensions Minister Maria Miller promised a new child maintenance system that was "fairer for children" as she announced proposals to remove the exemption from maintenance liability for some part-time public servants.

Family structures in Ireland

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One-in-three families in Ireland departs from the traditional model of a married couple both of whom are in their first marriage. This is one of many findings to emerge from the most detailed statistical study to-date of the structure of Irish families, which has recently been published.

Young people under 18 could be included within the cross-government definition of domestic violence for the first time, under a consultation launched by the Home Secretary Theresa May.

‘Tis the season for.....arguments

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New research from the relationship experts, Relate, reveals that whilst Christmas is certainly a time for families, it can also be a time when tempers fray. Last year the charity saw a 35% increase in people looking for relationship help and advice in the first week in January alone.

Divorces in England and Wales 2010

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A recent bulletin from the Office for National Statistics has revealed the number of divorces that took place in 2010 following court orders in England and Wales. The statistics do not include divorces to couples usually resident in England and Wales which take place abroad.

National charity Family Lives is bracing itself for an increase in calls to its helpline, Parentline, over the festive period from families in crisis.

Detailed proposals for the new statutory child maintenance scheme have been published, which include plans to increase the amount of maintenance paid by parents on state benefits and others declaring low incomes.

The leaders of the three main political parties have all signed the Women’s Aid ‘Real Man’ pledge to mark the International Day Against Violence Against Women.

The charity, Family Lives, has reported that calls to its Parentline regarding the aggressive behaviour of children have increased by 2%, but only 56% of respondents to an online survey had sought help for their child’s problem.

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has written to Peers to voice its concerns around the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (‘the Bill’), as it receives its Second Reading in the House of Lords.

The charity, Families Need Fathers (FNF), has claimed that the recommendations made in the final report of the Family Justice Review are inadequate to address the deep-seated problems at the heart of the family justice system, and are unlikely to improve outcomes for children or their families.

A quarter of child runaways have been the victim of a harmful or dangerous experience, reveals new research from The Children’s Society.