Osborne’s Autumn Statement ‘discourages marriage’

December 8, 2014 0 comments

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Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has been criticised by a conservative think tank for discouraging marriage. In last week’s Autumn Statement, Osborne announced some adjustments to tax credit levels. These are benefits paid for by the government to people who qualify based on circumstances such as income or if they have children. A report…

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New website offers advice for children of divorce

September 23, 2014 0 comments

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Teenagers whose parents have split up will be able to help younger children through the process on a newly launched website. Kids In The Middle was created because its founders said there was not enough readily accessible advice for children experiencing family breakdown. The website will offer videos which explain the various stages of divorce…

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Domestic abuse: will criminalising it work?

August 20, 2014 7 comments

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Domestic abuse could soon be made into criminal offense, but will it make a significant difference to the lives of victims? Home Secretary Theresa May has launched a consultation on the idea of creating a specific offense for domestic abuse cases. Last year, the government expanded its definition of domestic abuse to include psychological abuse…

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Reducing family breakdown by John Bolch

March 25, 2014 3 comments

Court of Protection

The government has clearly targeted family breakdown as one of the major issues facing this country. In fact, it is beginning to seem that people who have the temerity to separate from their partners are rapidly becoming public enemy number one. We are regularly reminded of the cost to the country of relationship breakdown. For…

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Cohabitation drives family breakdown, campaigners claim

January 21, 2014 5 comments

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Cohabitation is the key driver of family breakdown, the Marriage Foundation has claimed. In a new report, the campaign group, founded by High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge, said the “stability of marriage has remained largely unchanged” in recent decades, with the most pronounced risk of divorce in the first years of the union. “…virtually…

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“Mum is implacably hostile” By guest blogger DT.

July 16, 2012 36 comments

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How often have you heard this phrase? If you’re a lawyer or some other professional involved in intractable contact matters, probably quite a lot. If you’re a parent (probably a dad) you may have first hand experience of the phenomena. Although either parent, or indeed both parents can be implacably hostile, the term is usually…

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