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A new study from America has found that older couples run an increased risk of divorce when the wife becomes seriously ill.

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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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A recently published report has revealed a startling rise in the number of divorces and separations taking place in Ireland.

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The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency has recently published figures that give an in-depth look at the occurrence of divorce in Northern Ireland in 2012.

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A recent study has looked at the impact the availability of the internet has had on marriage rates, and claims that as well as facilitating the search for products to buy such as books and games, the internet has also facilitated the search for a prospective partner.

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Do I need a divorce?

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The inevitable first request on the first consultation from a client who has separated from their spouse is,’ I want a divorce’. ‘My husband or wife has left me and I need a divorce’. My response is normally that, apart from the psychological smug satisfaction and feeling of warmth a divorce may bring, it may not be needed and indeed could be an expensive, unnecessary form of therapy . But is that really what they are asking for?

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More Australians are divorcing after twenty years or more of marriage, according to new data released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS).

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The Marriage Foundation think-tank has produced a report revealing that second marriages are more stable than first marriages, challenging the widely held belief that couples who remarry are doomed to repeat the mistakes from their first marriage.

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The UK Government has announced funding of £6.5 million to help separated or divorced parents work together for the sake of their children.

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A recent study from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business has explored what effect there is on a marriage when the wife earns more than her husband.

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Around 59% of divorce attorneys in America have seen an increase in the number of cases using evidence taken from dating websites during the past three years, according to a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).

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Kenya considers cohabitation bill

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A new bill that will recognise a cohabiting relationship that has lasted six months as a legal marriage has been approved by the Kenyan cabinet, reports NewVision. Once the bill is passed by the parliament it will become law in Kenya.

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A recent study by researchers at LSE has found that an increased risk of divorce encourages women to work longer hours outside the home.

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A recent survey has found that having a successful marriage and raising children are the most important life goals for the younger generation, reports the Telegraph. This contradicts the commonly held view that younger people are more interested in material possessions and career development.

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Animal weddings

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A woman in Northamptonshire has set herself up as an 'animal registrar', offering an animal 'wedding' service to devoted pet owners, reports the Daily Mail.

The basic service costs £150 a time, but according to Ann Clark, owners have been prepared to spend to £20,000 to provide their four legged friends with extras including a photographer and chauffeur driven cars.

Dogs and cats are the most common pets Ms Clark sees, although she recently 'married' a pair of rabbits. Owners can also opt for a same-sex 'civil ceremony' for their pets, instead of the more traditional wedding service.

Not all pets adjust well to married life however, with one owner phoning up Ms Clark to inform her that a recently wedded pair had now grown apart.

'That has been our only divorce,' commented Ms Clark.

A woman in India has applied to the family court to divorce her husband because he hadn't updated his Facebook status to show that he was married, reports the Daily Mail.

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A recent survey of divorce lawyers in America has found that 56% of respondents reported seeing an increase in the number of mothers paying child support during the past three years, while 47% also noted a rise in women being responsible for alimony throughout the same time period.

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Recent research from America has found that there has been a 50% increase in the number of adults aged 45-63 who are unmarried, compared to the same age group in 1980. One third of this age group are divorced or never married, and only 10% of unmarried boomers are widowed.

The research, from  Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research, raises the concern that as this group ages, society will have to rethink how it cares for its elderly.

“The economic and health vulnerabilities of single boomers are concerning because boomers are now moving into old age when failing health becomes even more common and severe,

In the run up to Father's Day in June, the US Census Bureau has published a series of facts about the estimated 70.1 million fathers in America.

The data reveals that there were 24.7 million fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2011.

It also reveals that there were 1.7 million single fathers, and around 15% or all single parents in America were men. Around 45% of these single fathers were divorced, 31% were never married, 19% were separated, and 5% were widowed.

Custodial fathers in 2009 were due $3.5 billion in child support, but received only $1.9 billion. In contrast, custodial mothers received $19.5 billion of the $31.7 billion in support that was due. Around 34% of custodial fathers received all child support that was due in 2009, not significantly different from the corresponding percentage for custodial mothers, 42%.

A recent study from America has advised couples that regularly finding time to spend together on a 'date night' will bring real benefit to their relationship.  

The report found that married or cohabiting couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates, compared to couples who do not devote as much couple time to one another.

The report, from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, also found that "couple time" is particularly valuable for couples who are less integrated into the local civic or religious fabric of their communities or for those less committed to one another.

"Taking time for your relationship – whether outside the home or inside the home – is good for your relationship health," said report co-author W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project. "This isn't rocket science, but it's an important reminder."

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