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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 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.

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

‘Tis the season for.....arguments

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New research from the relationship experts, Relate, reveals that whilst Christmas is certainly a time for families, it can also be a time when tempers fray. Last year the charity saw a 35% increase in people looking for relationship help and advice in the first week in January alone.

National charity Family Lives is bracing itself for an increase in calls to its helpline, Parentline, over the festive period from families in crisis.

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has written to Peers to voice its concerns around the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (‘the Bill’), as it receives its Second Reading in the House of Lords.

Family Justice Review proposals

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The Family Justice Review panel has announced a package of recommendations aimed at tackling delays in the family justice system and to make sure that children and families are given the service they deserve.

Family organisations, including Relate, Netmums and Gingerbread, will receive Government funding to deliver national online and telephone support services.

Relationship charity, Relate, is urging people to get help sooner for their relationships after recent research revealed that 44% of people who called the charity’s helpline had waited over two years to get help.

The President of the Family Division, the Judicial College and the Society of Editors have issued a joint publication setting out the current state of the law with regard to the reporting of cases in family courts.

The Law Society has given its support to proposals made by the Family Justice Review to improve the current family justice system.

A call for tightening the rules on marriages to foreign partners has come from think-tank Migrationwatch.

A report published by the Home Affairs Committee has called for the Government to criminalise forced marriages to send a strong message that forced marriages will not be tolerated.

Family division High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge has called for an Independent Commission into the state of Family Law in the UK.

Legal aid cuts fatally flawed

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Government proposals to cut legal aid risk creating devastating consequences for families and children, said family law association Resolution, as the coalition government consultation on legal aid reform closes.