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Still a single parent stigma

Three out of four single parents have personally experienced stigma and one in three say it is on the rise, according to new research from single parents’ charity Gingerbread.

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Report casts doubt on link between cohabitation and divorce

A recent report from America has cast doubt on the previously reported association between premarital cohabitation and an increased risk of divorce.

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US sees rise in pet custody disputes

There has been an increase in the number of disputes over custody of family pets during divorce, according to a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).

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Lords warn child maintenance charges are ‘unjustified in principle’

Plans to start charging parents who need to use the new Child Maintenance Service have been passed by the UK Parliament, despite a warning from former Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay that the charges for single parents were ‘unjustified in principle’.

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Myths contribute to lack of adoptive homes in Wales

Harmful myths surrounding adoption are contributing to a significant shortage of adopters in Wales, according to recently released research.

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Lack of progress on domestic violence in Northern Ireland

The Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland, Brendan McGuigan, has called for work to be undertaken to fully achieve 12 outstanding inspection recommendations aimed at strengthening how criminal justice agencies handle incidents of domestic violence and abuse.

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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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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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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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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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Relationship anxiety is bad for your health

A recent study from Ohio State University has found that concerns and anxieties about one’s close relationships appear to function as a chronic stressor that can compromise immunity.

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Today's 'unconventional' families were the Victorian norm

The prevalence of single-parent households and ‘boomerang’ children may seem like a modern phenomenon, but new research has revealed that these ‘unconventional’ households are actually deep-rooted in British history.

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Marriage is beneficial for same-sex couples

Psychological distress is lower among lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals who are legally married to a person of the same sex, compared with those not in legally recognised unions, according to a new study from the UCLA Williams Institute.

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Lifting the lid on adoption myths

New UK-wide research released by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) has revealed that almost a fifth (19%) of the UK public believe that being over the age of 40 would prevent a person being eligible to adopt a child.

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Greater protection for children who move abroad

The 1996 Hague Convention is now in force in the UK, and as a result children from the UK will have international protection if they move to another country outside the European Union.

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Latest figures on domestic abuse in Scotland

Scotland’s Chief Statistician has recently published statistics on the number of incidents of domestic abuse recorded by police forces in Scotland over 2010-11 and 2011-12.

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Care system denies fostered children a proper childhood

A new report from the Fostering Network has claimed that children in care are being denied the chance to experience a full and proper childhood because too many foster carers are not allowed to make basic decisions.

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Most common relationship niggles

A recent survey has found that, on average, couples can think of 12 annoying habits their partner possesses.

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Conference to focus on needs of domestic violence victims

The European Network WAVE (Women against Violence Europe) is organising its 14th Annual Conference, which will focus on the needs of women and girls who have experienced violence and the services that support them.

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