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Social Media Major Catalyst For Divorce

A new study has revealed that social media is one of the main reasons for many Britons getting a divorce. According to research carried out by Slater and Gordon social media presents a “minefield” for married couples.

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Scottish Paying More For Childcare Than Rest of Europe

According to the latest statistics, Scottish parents are paying one of the highest rates for child care in Europe, with the facilities of care being worse than other areas of the UK.

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Woman To Make A Divorce Claim 18 Years On

A woman is making a divorce claim against her former husband almost 20 years after their divorce.

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Scottish Childcare “Not Enough” For Many Working Families

Less than one in six councils have enough childcare needs to meet the needs of working parents according to a recent study.

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Average Wage in Scotland Down By £1.9k in Four Years

Research from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has revealed that the real-value, average wage in Scotland fell by £1,900 in the four years between 2010 and 2014.

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Cohabiting Families Fastest Growing in UK

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that cohabiting families are the fastest growing family type in the UK.

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Government Scrap Decision to Raise Divorce Fee

The government has abandoned it’s proposal to raise the fee to issue a divorce following a consultation on court fees.

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Free Primary School Meals for Primary 1-3 Pupils

A £95 million initiative will give children in Primary 1- Primary 3 a free school meal from the start of 2015.

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Police to Tackle Domestic Abuse At Christmas

Edinburgh Police are targeting domestic abusers as part of their Christmas crackdown after figures revealed that police deal with 15 incidents a day in the capital. .

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Divorce Affecting Scottish Businesses

A group of expert Scottish lawyers have warned that divorce and separations are affecting Scottish businesses.

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Clare's Law to be Launched in Scotland

A law that will allow people to find out if their partner has been involved in domestic abuse in previous relationships is to be launched in Scotland.

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Post Adoption Contact: New Take On An Old Position?

The Child and Families Act 2014 (CFA) was enacted in March 2014 and has fundamentally changed the impetus of what Parliament see as important within family structure. Prior to April 2014, an order for a child arrangement, formerly known as a contact order, could only be made under section 8 of the Children Act 1989. However, Section 9 of the CFA has amended this with the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (ACA), with the insertion of section 51A and 51B. These provisions now provide the court with a specific power to make an order for post-adoption contact when the court is making an adoption order or when an adoption order has previously been issued.

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Same Sex Marriage - Bringing Marriage Into the Spotlight

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 will come into force on 16 December, 2014 – this means that the first same sex marriages in Scotland can take place from 31st December 2014.

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Women & Children Suffer Most After Divorce & Partnership Breakdown

Professor Mike Brewer and Dr Alita Nandi at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex has found that the living standards of children and their mothers fall below that of their fathers following separation.

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Pre-nuptial Agreements & Adultery Clauses

Earlier this month, after it was revealed that the couple had married, details of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s prenuptial agreement began to surface. Amongst other things, it was reported that an adultery clause was included granting primary child custody to Angelia should Brad be unfaithful, and that they maintain separate ownership of assets brought into the marriage.

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Judge Allows Woman to see Court Adoption Files to Establish Identity of her Grandmother

President of the Family Law Division in the High Court has granted a woman permission to see court files relating to the adoption of her father, in order to discover the identity of her grandmother.

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The Right to Know: Domestic Abuse Reforms

Two police districts in Scotland are to pilot a law which will ensure that people can check whether or not their partner has a history of domestic abuse or violence. Described as ‘a right to know’, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme will enable women and men to request information on their partner’s history and criminal record from the police.

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Happier, Safer Lives for Children - The Legacy of Glasgow 2014

A collaboration between UNICEF, Glasgow 2014 and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has created an interactive adventure for Scottish children that focusses on children’s rights and global citizenship.

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Adoption Provides a Stable and Loving Base for Children, but Needs More Support

The Centre for Research on Children and Families has completed and 18 year study which followed up 65 children placed for adoption under the age of 4. This study has found that for the vast majority, adoption has worked well in providing a loving and supportive family base.

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Home Secretary Announces Inquiry Into Historic Child Sex Abuse Allegations

Home Secretary, Theresa May has announced that the head of childrens charity NSPCC is to  head a review of 20 years of child sex abuse allegations,for the period 1979-1999.

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