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Divorce hurts U.S. economy

A recent paper from the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) in America has looked at the part a successful marriage has to play in macroeconomic growth.

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Younger generation have traditional views of marriage and divorce

In an age of short-lived celebrity marriages, widespread divorce, babies being born outside of marriage, and the ever-popular “hooking up,” young people are remarkably traditional about their expectations for love, marriage and children—for both themselves and society at large, according to a new Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults.

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UK joins the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention

On 27th July 2012, the United Kingdom deposited its instrument of ratification in respect of the Hague Convention of 19th October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children. The 1996 Convention will enter into force for the United Kingdom on 1st November 2012.

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Scotland's population highest ever

After nine years of continuous growth, Scotland’s population in mid-2011 reached 5,254,800 - the highest ever. These figures, based on 2001 Census data, show a rise of 190,600 people over that period.

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Civil partnerships

Figures recently published by the Office for National Statistics have shown the number of civil partnerships that have been formed in the UK.

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Same sex marriage to be legalised

The Scottish Government has announced its intention to legislate to allow same sex marriage.

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Losses for children overlooked in child maintenance reforms

According to single parent charity Gingerbread, the Government's shake up of the child maintenance system will mean that millions of pounds for children will be lost, as 100,000 parents are expected to drop out of the system and stop getting child maintenance altogether.

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Celebrating Civil Partnership

The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) in Ireland has marked the huge success of civil partnerships and the 2nd anniversary of the Dáil and Seanad passing the civil partnership legislation.

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SCRA Official Statistics 2011/12

The Scottish Children's Reporter Administration has published its Official Statistics 2011/12, which reveal that for the fifth consecutive year there has been a fall in the number of children and young people being referred to the Reporter.

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Benefit claimants to pay more child maintenance

Parents on income-related benefits who live apart from their children are to have the amount of child maintenance they must pay increased from £5 to £10 per week.

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Adoption system failing to support families

Adopted children and their families are being sold short when it comes to the provision of support services that could help ensure the success of more adoptions from care, according to a report published by national charity Adoption UK.

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Positive step for operation of Child Abduction Convention

On 14th June 2012, a Regional Federal Court in Brasilia, Brazil decided to concentrate jurisdiction for international child abduction cases at the first-instance level, reports the Hague.

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Child support payments in America

Monthly child support payments in the United States averaged $430 per month in 2010, according to new U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

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Ending corroboration could protect victims of domestic abuse

Removing the requirement for corroboration in Scots law could help to protect the rights of victims of domestic abuse, the Solicitor General has said.

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Births, marriages and other vital events

The Registrar General for Scotland has published provisional figures for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships registered during the first quarter of 2012.

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Grandparents lack support in caring role

A new report has shown that 60,000 grandparents - 9,000 per year or 25 every day – have dropped out of the labour market to bring up their grandchildren only to face a lack of recognition and support from Government.

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Finances causing rifts for American couples

Financial matters are the most common source of discord among American couples, prompting an average of three arguments per month, according to a national telephone survey conducted for the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) by Harris Interactive.

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Attainment gap for looked after children “unacceptably wide”

Scottish Government figures show that levels of attainment for many looked after children, in terms of their exam results, are very low in comparison with other children.

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Couple divorces over too many cats

A couple from Israel have divorced after the wife refused to get rid of her 550 cats, reports the Times of Israel.

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Charity comments on CMEC review

Commenting on the release of the Public Accounts Committee review of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC), 4Children Chief Executive Anne Longfield OBE said:

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