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Child Benefit axe threatens fresh wave of family breakdown

Family stability will suffer a further blow if the Government presses ahead with its current plans to axe child benefit for higher rate taxpayers, a new report by the think-tank Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has warned.

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Convention on Violence Against Women

The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have issued a joint statement on the Government signing the Council of Europe’s Convention on Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence.

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Children will be affected by inefficient child maintenance service

Gingerbread, the single parent charity, has commented on the publication of the National Audit Office (NAO) report into the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.

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More women interested in dating divorced men

Recent research has found that single women are shunning toy-boys for men with experience and are hunting out divorced men to date.

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SCRA publishes new information material

The Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA) has launched a new batch of information materials which aim to help children and young people going through a children's Hearing become more engaged in the process.

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EHRC helps civil partners win discrimination appeal

The English Court of Appeal has found in favour of a couple in a civil partnership who were defending a County Court ruling that they had been the victims of direct discrimination by the owners of a hotel. The couple had received the backing of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to defend the appeal.

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The key to a long lasting relationship

Communication is the secret to maintaining a long lasting relationship, according to a major survey from Saga of over 10,000 people over the age of 50.

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Aberdeen dads learning to be better parents

A support group dedicated to dads in Aberdeen is breaking down barriers to offer help, advice and education for fathers as they bid to become better parents.

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Appeal court hears complex custody case

The Court of Appeal has recently presided over a complex child custody case between a gay man and his lesbian ex-wife and partner, reports the Daily Mail.

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The cost of CSA cases

The Government body responsible for child maintenance has revealed the scale of the cost of administering some Child Support Agency (CSA) cases. A typical case requiring a variety of actions to ensure the payment of maintenance can cost up to around £25,000 over 18 years.

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Divorce at a younger age is harder to cope with

A recent study from Michigan State University has found that divorce at a younger age hurts people’s health more than divorce later in life.

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More money to help separating families

An extra £20 million will be made available to support separated and separating families as part of the radical overhaul of the Child Maintenance system, Ministers have announced.

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System failing neglected children

A new report by children's charity, Action for Children, has found that over half (51%) of social workers, and a third of police officers (36%) feel 'powerless' to intervene in suspected cases of child neglect.

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Government child maintenance charging plans under fire

Plans to charge single parents to use the future CSA, including up to 12% of any maintenance collected by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission are set to be challenged by a senior Conservative Peer on the final day of the Welfare Reform Bill’s Report Stage.

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No pre-nup could lead to costly divorce

Vanessa Bryant, who is currently divorcing American basketball player Kobe Bryant, could be entitled to up to half of the couple's community property, as it has been suggested the couple do not have a prenuptial agreement in place, reports the LA Times.

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Family structure and living arrangements in America

Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau has revealed an increase in the proportion of young adults living in their parents' home. The percentage of men age 25 to 34 living in the home of their parents rose from 14% in 2005 to 19% in 2011 and from 8% to 10% over the period for women.

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Survey of Child Maintenance Options outcomes

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission has published findings from a 2010 survey of 2,009 separated parents using the Child Maintenance Options telephone service. The survey’s primary aim was to determine the number of children benefiting from a family-based child maintenance arrangement, following contact with the Child Maintenance Options telephone service, between July 2008 and the end of March 2010.

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Partner Abuse

Scotland's Chief Statistician has recently published statistics revealing the extent of partner abuse in Scotland.

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Better system for child witnesses

Measures to improve the experience for child witnesses while they give evidence have been outlined by the Scottish Government.

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Consultation on new child maintenance proposals

The Government has recently unveiled its proposals for the new child maintenance scheme. Work and Pensions Minister Maria Miller said the Government wants to increase child maintenance payments for some of the worst-off single parent families.

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