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Family Law and Divorce

Divorcing couples in England and Wales are to receive new guidelines explaining how their property and income is likely to be distributed by the courts as a result of their divorce, the Government has announced.

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Recent research by the University of Bristol and the Department for Education has revealed that adoption placements are ten times more likely to breakdown in the teenage years compared with children under the age of four.

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First same sex weddings

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The first same sex weddings in the UK took place at the weekend, with the coming into force of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act. The Act only applies to England and Wales – same sex couples wishing to marry in Scotland will have to wait until similar legislation comes into force here.

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A breakdown of civil justice statistics have been published by Scotland’s Chief Statistician, including details of the number of family cases being heard in Scotland’s civil courts.

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The long-running divorce dispute between the Aga Khan and his wife appears to have finally been resolved, ten years after proceedings first began, reports the Telegraph.

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 Family law south of the border could be set to undergo an important change after a recent report from the Law Commission for England and Wales recommended the introduction of “qualifying nuptial agreements” to allow couples to decide how their assets should be shared if they separate.

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Around 47% of men disagree that a gay male couple can do as good a job bringing up children as a man and a woman, in contrast to 30% of women.

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A wealthy businessman from California has been sentenced to a lengthy prison term after being found guilty of hiding assets and declaring bankruptcy in an attempt to avoid paying child maintenance and financial support to his family, reports the Daily Mail.

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Fathers admit to paternity doubts

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A new study has found that around a tenth of British fathers have doubts over the paternity of their children, reports the Daily Mail.

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Almost 100 young lives have been turned around over the last three years since a national Adoption Register was established to help find loving families.

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The laws relating to marriage in Scotland have recently undergone a fundamental change with the passing of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act.

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There has been a slight rise in the number of divorces taking place in England and Wales during 2012, according to recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics. The figures show that divorces rose 0.5%, from 117,558 in 2011 to 118,140 in 2012.

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Sweeping changes to the child maintenance system that will see charges introduced for both parents are set to go through Parliament this week – but single parent charity Gingerbread is calling on MPs and Lords to oppose the plans.

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Greece has become the 16th country to sign up to EU rules that allow international couples to select which country's law applies to their divorce or legal separation.

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A recent landmark ruling on ‘habitual residence’ by the UK’s Supreme Court is expected to have an impact on future international child custody battles.

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Prenuptial agreements are becoming increasingly common amongst couples who are keen to avoid disputes developing over custody of a family pet should they divorce or separate, reports the Telegraph.

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The issue of parental child abduction has recently been in the spotlight after figures released by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) revealed a sharp rise in the incidence of cases.

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A country-wide campaign to tackle the problem of domestic violence during the festive period has been launched by Police Scotland.

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A large majority (80%) of “grey divorcees”, people who divorced at the age of 50 or older, say they will delay their retirement because they need to work longer than planned, and more than half (62%) say their post-divorce savings and investments will no longer be adequate to fund their retirement, according to new research from Investors Group.

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Despite accounting for only one in five parents, unmarried couples are set to overtake married couples as the main source of family breakdown by the end of 2013, say the think tank Marriage Foundation.

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