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NSPCC calls on Scottish Government to prioritise infant mental health

The NSPCC is calling on the Scottish Government to strengthen its commitment to early intervention by putting Scotland’s youngest children at the heart of its forthcoming mental health strategy, as new figures show that the number of young children taken into care is the highest for more than ten years.

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Child Support Agency reforms

Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC), which specialises in law and policy affecting children and young people, has spoken out against the government's proposed reforms to the child maintenance system.

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Civil partnerships in Ireland

The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network has published figures on the lesbian and gay couples who entered civil partnerships in Ireland in 2011.

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Married or cohabiting couples look to partners for emotional support

A recent survey has found that nine out of ten people who are married or in a cohabiting relationship would turn to their partner when they felt in need of emotional support.

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Domestic abuse court to be piloted at Livingston

A dedicated domestic abuse court is to be piloted at Livingston Sheriff Court from Thursday 16th February. The new multi-agency pilot will improve the service domestic abuse victims in West Lothian receive from the criminal justice system. The pilot will initially run for 12 months.

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Civil partners win against gay discrimination appeal

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has successfully defended an appeal in the English Court of Appeal against a ruling in the County Court which found that hotel owners had directly discriminated against a gay couple.

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Former cohabiting couples keep romance alive

Recent research from America has found that many former cohabiting couples continue to have a romantic relationship even after they stop living together, reports the Ohio State University Research News.

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Mother wins international custody battle

A French woman has been awarded custody of her ten-year-old daughter, who has been living in Saudi Arabia with her father, a Saudi prince, for the past three and a half years, reports the Telegraph.

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Secrets to a happy marriage

Taking two holidays a year, having a meaningful conversation twice a week and cuddling eleven times in a fortnight are key to a happy marriage, it has been revealed.

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Review of the Hague Conventions concludes

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 concluded in The Hague.

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Latest CSA performance statistics released

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission has published the latest Child Support Agency (CSA) performance statistics.

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How to have a civilised divorce

Debretts, the manners and social etiquette guru, has teamed up with a legal firm to publish a 'Guide to civilised separation,' reports the Daily Mail.

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Parental abductions on the increase

There has been a large increase in the number of children abducted by one of their parents, according to reunite International Child Abduction Centre. Latest figures show a 47% increase in calls to the charity's advice line.

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Child support arrangements in America

A recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau has revealed that in 2009, 41.2% of custodial parents received the full amount of child support owed them, down from 46.8% in 2007. The proportion of these parents who were owed child support payments and who received any amount at all — either full or partial — declined from 76.3% to 70.8% over the period.

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Relationship breakdown peak expected in January

The English support organisation Family Lives is anticipating a surge in demand for its services from families going through separation or divorce, as the organisation’s new Divorce & Separation report highlights that couples are more likely to separate in January.

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Parents happier with family-based arrangements

New research shows separated parents who work out their own child maintenance arrangements are more satisfied with their set-up than those using the Child Support Agency (CSA).

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Young couples avoid marriage because they fear divorce

With the share of married adults at an all-time low in the United States, new research has unveiled clues why couples don’t get married – they fear divorce.

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Partner abuse

Scotland's Chief Statistician has published statistics on adults' experiences of partner abuse in Scotland.

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Specialist domestic abuse court to be piloted in Edinburgh

A domestic abuse court is to be piloted at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. The specialist court aims to improve the way in which allegations of domestic abuse are dealt with in the criminal justice system.

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Commission responds to same sex marriage consultation

The Scottish Human Rights Commission (the Commission), in a response to the Scottish Government consultation on same sex marriage, has called for same sex couples to be allowed to legally marry in Scotland.

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