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The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) has announced that Noel Shanahan has been appointed as Commissioner and Chief Executive to replace Stephen Geraghty.

The European Commission is proposing EU-wide rules to bring legal clarity to the property rights for married international couples and for registered partnerships with an international dimension.

National domestic violence charity Women’s Aid has launched the results of their survey of the effects of the proposed cuts to domestic and sexual violence services.

Spouses and partners of UK residents who are forced to flee their relationships as a result of domestic violence will be able to access vital support services, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced.

Recent research has shown that over a third of parents are reluctant to leave an inheritance to their married children because they don't want their child's spouse to benefit from the gift in the event that the couple divorce.

Resolution, the family lawyers' organisation, has warned that a lack of properly accredited mediators may mean that some divorcing couples will be unable to comply with the recently announced requirement to seek mediation.

Whether married or cohabiting with a partner, the vast majority of couples in the UK are happy in their relationship. Initial findings from a research project 'Understanding Society' show that around 90% of individuals who are living with a partner are happy with their relationship.

From April, anyone setting out to contest the terms of their separation in court will first be required to consider mediation, under a new protocol agreed with the Judiciary.

As part of its commitment to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB and T) people, the government has announced that religious buildings will be allowed to host civil partnership registrations.

Divorces in England and Wales, 2009

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Recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics reveal that in 2009 the divorce rate in England and Wales decreased by 6.3% to 10.5 divorcing people per thousand married population, compared with 11.2 in 2008. The 2009 divorce rate is the lowest since 1977, when there were 10.3 divorcing people per thousand married people.

Legal aid cuts fatally flawed

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Government proposals to cut legal aid risk creating devastating consequences for families and children, said family law association Resolution, as the coalition government consultation on legal aid reform closes.

Recent figures released by the Child Support Agency (CSA) show continuing improvement in its overall performance levels.

Around 140,000 children across the UK are being raised by grandparents and other family and friends due to parental alcohol or substance misuse, according to a new survey released by Grandparents Plus. The charity is joining forces with The Children's Society, Adfam and Mentor UK to highlight the plight of carers raising children under challenging circumstances – who are saving the taxpayer an estimated £5.5 billion a year in care costs.

The president of the Family Division of the High Court has called for unmarried cohabiting couples to be given an equal share of assets in the event of a relationship breakdown.

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a millionaire must increase the divorce settlement to be paid to his ex-wife by £3 million, bringing the total value of her settlement to £8 million.

Should a couple be able to make a firm agreement – before they get married or enter a civil partnership – about what should happen to their property if their relationship ends? Or should the law remain as it stands, that the courts can decide if their agreement is enforceable?

A significant number of children in care are losing out because of long systematic delays in approving adoptive parents, according to an Adoption UK survey.