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A recent survey has found that most people turn to their partners for emotional support in times of need. Data from Understanding Society, a study of 40,000 UK households, found that nine out of ten people who were married or cohabiting would talk to their partner about their worries when a problem crops up.

How to keep a marriage happy

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A study has found that taking two holidays a year, having a meaningful conversation twice a week and cuddling 11 times in a fortnight are key ingredients for a happy marriage.

The Prime Minister is to set out proposed changes to legislation to ensure that, when adoption is in a child’s best interests, they are placed in loving homes as soon as possible.

According to Resolution, the Government has accepted calls to adopt the police’s widely used definition of what constitutes domestic violence (the ACPO definition) in its Legal Aid and Sentencing Bill.

Recent data released by the Office for National Statistics has given a breakdown of the conception rate in England and Wales during 2010.

A new scheme has been launched to enable family disputes to be resolved by arbitration. This scheme has been set up by the newly formed Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA), a not for profit organisation, created by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the Family Law Bar Association, and the family lawyers' group Resolution, in association with the Centre for Child and Family Law Reform.

Twelve organisations that support male victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse will receive a share of £225,000, Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone has announced.

Nagalro, the professional association for court guardians, has welcomed the government’s commitment to reducing delay in the family justice system but warns that it risks harming children’s interests by ill-thought out change.

The latest care statistics from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have revealed that the number of care applications continue to remain high.

The government's response to the recommendations of the family justice review panel includes reform proposals to help strengthen parenting, reduce the time it takes cases to progress through the courts, and simplify the family justice system.

The second and final part of the Sixth Special Commission to review the practical operation of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction and 1996 Hague Child Protection Conventions has come to a close, where hundreds of experts from around the world gathered in the Academy Building of the Peace Palace to examine and discuss policy matters pertaining to both Conventions.

The Department of Work and Pension has announced that an extra £20 million will be made available to support separated and separating families as part of the reforms to mend the broken child support system.

Over half (51%) of social workers, and a third of police officers (36%) report feeling 'powerless' to intervene in suspected cases of child neglect, according to a landmark report by children's charity, Action for Children.

UK family and household structure

Posted by on in Cohabitation

The Office for National Statistics has published a bulletin presenting annual statistics on family and household structure in the UK. A family is a married, civil partnered or cohabiting couple with or without children, or a lone parent with at least one child. Children may be dependent or non-dependent. Types of family include married couple families, cohabiting couple families and lone parent families.

A new set of court statistics have been published that supports the case for a comprehensive reform programme across the justice system.

Support for families facing divorce

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National support organisation Family Lives is bracing itself throughout January to support families going through separation or conflict with ex partners and step families, as the organisation’s new Divorce & Separation report highlights that couples are more likely to separate in January.

Make mediation a resolution

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New Year is the peak time for couples to consider divorce or separation - but Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly is encouraging families to consider mediation as an alternative to going to court.

Work and Pensions Minister Maria Miller promised a new child maintenance system that was "fairer for children" as she announced proposals to remove the exemption from maintenance liability for some part-time public servants.

Family structures in Ireland

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One-in-three families in Ireland departs from the traditional model of a married couple both of whom are in their first marriage. This is one of many findings to emerge from the most detailed statistical study to-date of the structure of Irish families, which has recently been published.

Young people under 18 could be included within the cross-government definition of domestic violence for the first time, under a consultation launched by the Home Secretary Theresa May.