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Calls for Government to scrap flawed child poverty targets

Crude and flawed yardsticks for measuring child poverty should be scrapped and replaced with a range of new indicators reflecting the true causes of deprivation, according to a think-tank.

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Couples recommend financial honesty before marriage

A recent survey from America has found that around 48% of divorced or separated adults questioned wished they had spent more time discussing finances before getting married. Around 29% of those currently married said the same.

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Call for foster carers for brothers and sisters in Scotland

Almost two-thirds of local authorities in Scotland have had to split up siblings who are in care over the past year owing to the shortage of foster families, new research from the Fostering Network has shown.

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Wide variety of family structures

Parenting website, Netmums, has recently carried out a survey which found there 35 different family types currently in existence in the UK, reports the Scotsman.

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Errors in child maintenance accounts

The National Audit Office has reported that the Auditor General has once again been unable to give a full sign off to the Client Funds Account of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission because of the level of error in maintenance assessments.

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More women pay alimony and child support

A recent study from America has found that more women than ever are paying alimony and child support to their former partners following divorce, reports the Chicago Tribune.

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Urgent need for more foster carers

A child comes into care and needs a foster family every six hours across Scotland, the Fostering Network has revealed.

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Marriages, civil unions and divorces in New Zealand

A recent release from Statistics New Zealand has revealed that there were 20,231 marriages registered to New Zealand residents in 2011. This is the lowest number of marriages since 2001 when 19,972 weddings were celebrated. The number of divorces also dropped, down from 8,874 in 2010 to 8,551 in 2011.

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Kinship carers in Scotland face unequal treatment

Children's charity, CHILDREN 1ST, has recently carried out research into the support kinship carers receive across different local authorities. The study revealed that the level of financial help available to carers varies considerably, depending on where they live.

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Children’s hearings reform

The Scottish Government has agreed to extend the timetable for planned reforms to Scotland’s children’s hearings system following advice from experts within the sector.

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Bringing child maintenance under direct Ministerial control

Following a public consultation last year, an order has been laid in Parliament to bring the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission back under direct Ministerial control as a business unit of the Department for Work and Pensions.

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Scottish Government announces first forced marriage protection order

The Scottish Government has announced that the first protection order has been issued in Scotland to protect a victim of forced marriage.

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Calls for kinship care awareness campaign

The Fostering Network is calling on the Government to launch a public awareness campaign in Northern Ireland to ensure kinship carers get the essential advice and support they need.

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Life expectancy may affect decision to divorce

Major life decisions such as marriage, divorce and having a child may be subconsciously influenced by how long people believe they will live, according to a Canadian study by Queen’s University.

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Modern women marry within same social class

A recent study by think tank IPPR has found that British women and men are choosing to marry partners who are increasingly from the same social class as themselves, despite modern society offering them more choice than ever before.

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Shelter reports increased demand for domestic abuse advice

A Facebook advertising campaign on domestic violence run by Shelter Scotland to coincide with the last Old Firm football match resulted in a huge surge in visits to its web site from women looking for help and advice.

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Commitment to marriage

Psychologists at UCLA have recently carried out a study to find out what commitment to marriage really means. A deeper level of commitment, the psychologists report, is a much better predictor of lower divorce rates and fewer problems in marriage.

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Scotland's foster children need more help

The Fostering Network has issued a warning to the Scottish Government that foster children in Scotland are being let down by a lack of proper financial support.

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Children affected by domestic violence

According to the charity, CHILDREN 1ST, recent figures released by the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) have shown that there were 6,585 Scottish children present at domestic abuse incidents during December and January. These figures are based on the number of incidents known to the police. The actual number is likely to be a lot higher.

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Fathers should face more pressure to pay child maintenance

A recent report has claimed that non-resident fathers on benefits should be put under greater pressure to meet their financial responsibilities with regards to their children.

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