Rise in Cohabiting Couples

The National Office for Statistics has published a report revealing that there is a year-on-year rise in couples cohabiting and a fall in the percentage of married couples. Comparing the 2001 and 2011 Census data shows that the number of cohabiting couples has risen from 14% to 17% of households in England and Wales. The

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Multiple Babies Removed from Mothers

A new report has found that over the past 7 years family courts have removed successive babies from their mothers. It is the first report of its kind to be published. 7,143 mothers had more than one infant removed by the family courts and this affected 22,790 children. In most cases infants were removed very

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A New Review of the Public Opinion on the Family Justice System

The Ministry of Justice has published a summary of the results of a 2012/13 of the Crime Survey for England and Wales relating to the family justice system. For this survey around 35,000 adults in England and Wales were interviewed and topics covered their experience and perception of the family justice system and mediation. The

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Sorting Out Separation Web App

The Sorting Out Separation web app that cost the DoWP around £417,500 has proven to be something of a failure. It was intended to be a key source of information for separated and separating parents, providing external sources of information to help make the process easier. Unfortunately, a recent report has revealed that in 14

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New EU Law on Domestic Violence

EU Regulation on Mutual Recognition of Protection Measures in Civil Matters The EU has introduced a new law to protect victims of domestic violence and those who need protective measures. The law will come into force from January 2015. It is the result of years of work in the Daphne Project. The law is aimed

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Children Suffer When Parents Represent Themselves In Court

A recent survey amongst nearly 500 magistrates across the country has found that court hearings are not being conducted fairly as more and more people represent themselves in court due to cuts in legal aid. The latest figures suggest that 46% of those being seen in a private family court are representing themselves. A person

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