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Concerns over child maintenance changes

Single parent charity Gingerbread has once again expressed concern over planned changes to child maintenance arrangements that are currently going through Parliament.

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Get married for the sake of your bones

A recent study from America has found evidence that men who married when they were younger than 25 had lower bone strength than men who married for the first time at a later age.

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Charity responds to single parent employment report

Single parent charity Gingerbread has responded to a recent report by think tank Policy Exchange on single parents and employment.

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Forced marriage legislation

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has asked the Scottish Government to look again at whether it can introduce its own legislation on forced marriage.

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UK families become more diverse

Just under half of adults currently living as part of a family have experienced at least one previous committed relationship (involving marriage or cohabitation) prior to their current family setup. More than one in six (17%) have had two or more past committed relationships, with 5% having had three or more.

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Equal treatment for couples in civil partnerships

A recent judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union has found that employees who enter into a civil partnership with a partner of the same sex must be granted the same benefits as those granted to their colleagues upon their marriage, where marriage is not possible for homosexual couples.

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Child contact and domestic abuse

Recent research released by Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People has revealed that over half (55%) of children caught up in contact disputes between parents where domestic abuse is alleged to have taken place no longer wish to have contact with their non-resident parent. In the majority of these cases, the non-resident parent is their father.

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One in five adoptive families let down by the system

Almost a fifth of families who adopted a child last year and requested post adoption support from their Local Authority did not receive any support, according to charity Adoption UK.

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New domestic abuse campaign launches

The City of Edinburgh Council is taking part in a new, multi-agency campaign to highlight the range of support that is available to the victims of domestic violence.

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Married life in retirement

A recent study from America has looked at how developments such as divorce in later life and blended families can affect retirement.

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Relationship breakdown causes young adults to return home

Recent research has identified key ‘turning-points’ in young adults’ lives which influence whether or not they return to the parental home.

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Calls for policy reform on young male domestic abuse

A recently published report has called for the Government to support wholesale reform of how the authorities deal with young men who commit domestic abuse.

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Celebrity couple to sign prenup

Celebrity couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are rumoured to be planning to sign a prenuptial agreement before they get married, reports TMZ.

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Babies to experience more family breakdown than ever before

Latest figures from the ONS reveal babies born in 2012 will suffer higher rates of family breakdown than any previous generation.

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Scientists link DNA to marital satisfaction

Researchers at UC Berkeley and Northwestern University have found a link between DNA and marital satisfaction.

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Sham marriages and civil partnerships targeted

The Home Office has included provisions in the new Immigration Bill that will clamp down on people who enter into a sham marriage or civil partnership.

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Marriage tax break a 'shocking waste of money'

Single parent charity, Gingerbread, has been highly critical of the Government’s recent announcement that it intends to introduce a transferable tax allowance for married couples.

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Family law reform outcome not as expected

A recent study from Australia has suggested that a reduction in conflict between separated families is more likely to be the result of increased relationship services than parenting time arrangements.

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Quarter of a million couples pretend to live apart

A recent report from the think tank Marriage Foundation has claimed that around a quarter of a million of couples are claiming lone parent benefits, while continuing to reap the benefits of a two-parent household.

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Recognition for Council’s foster care campaign

The city of Edinburgh Council has been recognised for the success of a recent campaign to recruit more foster carers.

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