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Celebrity couple thought to have signed prenup

A-list celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are rumoured to have signed a prenuptial agreement ahead of their expected wedding, reports website entertainmentwise.com.

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A look at ‘habitual residence’

The Supreme Court last month issued an interesting ruling on the question of ‘habitual residence’, finding that the High Court had jurisdiction to order the ‘return’ to this country of a small child who has never been present here, on the basis that he has British nationality.

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Rise in English adoption figures

The Government has recently published figures which show that around 4,000 children in care were adopted in England in 2012 - an increase of 15% and the highest ever since records began.

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Recognition for grandparent carers

Campaigners have welcomed the adoption of a policy amendment by the Liberal Democrats at their recent party conference which would see grandparents and family carers entitled to paid leave from work if they step in to raise a child who cannot live with their parents.

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Children’s Panel looks for new members

Aberdeen Children’s Panel is holding a recruitment drive to find new volunteers to play a part in Scotland’s Children’s Hearing system.

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Action for Children acts to dispel fostering myths

Wide spread misunderstanding over who is eligible to foster is contributing to a chronic shortage of foster carers, according to foster care provider Action for Children.

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Prenuptial agreement challenge fails

The former wife of a wealthy Russian businessman has failed in her attempt to have their prenuptial agreement invalidated, reports RAPSI.

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Link between divorce and depression

A recent study by researchers at the University of Arizona has found that couples who have gone through a divorce or separation can run an increased risk of developing depression, but only if they already have a previous history of depressive episodes.

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Adoption numbers see a welcome increase

Adoption and fostering charity TACT has welcomed the announcement from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that the number of adoptions made in the UK in 2012 had risen by nearly 10%. This follows an increase in 2011 of 6%.

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Government warns of forced marriage risk

The UK government has issued a warning to teachers, doctors and airport staff to be alert to forced marriages over the school holidays.

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Divorced women risk poverty in old age

New research from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow has found that women going through a divorce are risking poverty in retirement because they are giving up their share of the couple’s pension schemes to keep the family home.

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Statistics on marriage and divorce in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency has recently published details of marriages, divorces and civil partnerships in Northern Ireland in 2012.

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Marriage “sliders” run a greater risk of divorce

A recent study from America has found that couples who “slide” into marriage after a period of cohabitation are more likely to get divorced than couples who make a proactive decision to make a greater relationship commitment through marriage, reports the Daily Mail.

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Scottish Parliament scrutinises same-sex marriage Bill

The Scottish Government introduced the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament on 26th June 2013.

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MEP welcomes child maintenance Treaty

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New Bill will aid children and young people

The Government has published details of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill.

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World’s shortest marriage?

A couple who recently married in the United Arab Emirates must be strong contenders for the title of ‘Shortest Ever Marriage’ after their union came to an abrupt end shortly after the ceremony.

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Doing housework together can improve relationships

The subject of how the division of housework can affect relationships is once again under the spotlight, with a new study from Brigham Young University claiming that couples who carry out the work together have a stronger and happier relationship.

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Bedroom tax penalises shared custody arrangements

Human rights organisation Liberty has announced it will seek Judicial Review of the Government’s controversial new “bedroom tax” policy based on the impact on separated families with shared custody of children.

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Marriages rise again

Provisional figures for births, deaths, adoptions, marriages and civil partnerships registered during 2012 have been published by the National Records of Scotland.

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