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Heterosexual Couple Lose Civil Partnership Case

A heterosexual couple have lost their legal battle to be allowed to enter into a civil partnership. Rebecca Steinfeld, 34, and Charles Keidan, 39, are both academics who live in Hammersmith, west London and are engaged and have been in a relationship for over five years. The couple also have a young son together.

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Staying Together For the Sake of the Children

This week has been Resolution’s Family Dispute Resolution Week. Resolution is an organisation made up of 6,500 family lawyers and related professionals in England and Wales. Their guiding principal is approaching family law matters in a non-confrontational and collaborative way.

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Rise in Divorce Rates Amongst the Over 60s in Scotland

The BBC recently reported that the number of divorces in England and Wales has been falling since the 1990s. However, one age group which has seen a rise in divorce rates is the over 60s. Indeed, the Office for National Statistics noted that there has been a rise of 73% in the number of divorces in this group over the past 25 years.

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Possible legal challenge to Children and Young People Bill

Scottish Government’s plans to improve child protection by introducing a “named person” for every child in Scotland looks set to face a legal challenge, reports the Scotsman.

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More marriages in Scotland

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) has published details on the number of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships that took place in Scotland during 2012.

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Germany introduces gender recognition changes

Parents in Germany are to become the first in Europe to have the option of selecting a third gender option when registering the birth of their child, reports the Independent.

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Domestic abuse in Scotland

A recent publication from Scotland’s Chief Statistician has revealed the number of incidents of domestic abuse recorded by police forces in Scotland in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

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To boldly wed where no one has wed before.....

A Swedish couple chose to have their wedding ceremony at a recent Star Trek convention in London, reports the Huffington Post.

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Human Rights Commission welcomes adoption ruling

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has welcomed a recent High Court ruling that declared it was unlawful to prevent unmarried couples from adopting in Northern Ireland.

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Survey into the reasons for divorce

According to a recent survey of counseling professionals from YourTango.com, communication problems, followed by sexual infidelity and "not spending enough time together/not mutually prioritising the marriage" are the main reasons for marriage failure and divorce.

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Charity comments on National Parenting Strategy

Jackie Brock, Chief Executive of Children in Scotland, has welcomed the launch of Scottish Government’s Parenting Strategy, saying that it presents an opportunity to strengthen the Government’s flagship Children and Young People Bill.

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TV romance can impact on relationships

A study from Albion College in America has found a link between how much a person believes in television portrayals of romance and the level of commitment they have to their own relationships.

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Foster carers should be paid, say Scottish children

A recent survey carried out by the Fostering Network has found that 90% of Scottish children in care and sons and daughters of foster carers think that foster carers should receive a proper salary. Around 80% also believe that foster carers should be paid an allowance to cover the costs of providing foster care, and that this allowance should be set at the same level across Scotland.

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Study finds a quarter of divorces are 'inefficient'

A new study by researchers at Iowa State University has found that in around a quarter of divorces, couples might actually have been happier if they had stayed married, and therefore their divorce was what researchers have termed “inefficient”.

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Marriage and divorce in Ireland

The Central Statistics Office of Ireland has released the latest publication in its series of Census 2011 results, showing that the number of people who were married in Ireland increased by 9.2% between 2006 and 2011 to 1,708,604. The data also revealed that 32 was the age at which married women outnumbered their single counterparts, while for men it was two years higher at 34.

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Distant dads want more involvement with kids

Many fathers who have children who live all or part of their time with their mother would like to be more involved in their children’s lives, according to new research released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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Back to school, back to bickering

A recent study has found that the end of the school holidays can trigger an increase in the number of divorces or separations.

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Postnuptial agreements on the rise

More than half of divorce attorneys (51%) cited an increase in postnuptial agreements during the past three years in a recent poll of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer (AAML) members. In addition, 36% of the respondents noted an increase in wives initiating the requests.

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Marriage is the greatest weapon against child poverty

The Heritage Foundation in America has claimed that the collapse of marriage, along with a dramatic rise in births to single women, is the most important cause of childhood poverty but government policy doesn’t reflect that reality.

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Scottish Government confirms same sex marriage intentions

The Scottish Government has set out its Programme for Government for 2012-13.

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