Changes announced to child maintenance arrangements

Last week saw the announcement that the government is to make changes to the arrangements for the way in which child maintenance payments are made. In essence, the government wants parents to amicably their child maintenance arrangements or face additional charges. The government has said that the changes are required because the old system was […]

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Are stepfamilies on the decline?

According to official figures just released, over the last ten years there has been a dramatic decline in the number of households in Britain in which a stepmother or stepfather is bringing up children from their partner’s previous relationship. The figures have been released by the Office for National Statistics and show that the number […]

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Women having careers could be the secret of a happy marriage

According to a recent study involving four thousand couples in the UK, in couples where the female partner is the main breadwinner, there is less likelihood of divorce in comparison to ‘traditional’ households. The study was published in the journal Sociology and contrary to the traditional view that families would be undermined by women having […]

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The real cost of family breakdown

According to the minister for welfare reform, Lord Freud, the real cost of divorce and family breakdown cuts much ‘deeper’ and ‘far higher’ than the many billions of pounds spent by the government on welfare benefits. Making his comments in an article for The Telegraph, Lord Freud has said that the current £9 billion spent […]

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Relate's campaign to help parents apart

One of Relate’s current campaigns, ‘Being Parents Apart’, has been launched by the organisation with the aim of raising awareness of the challenges that divorce and separation can bring to family life. As part of this campaign, Relate have published an excellent online tool called ‘What Next?’ which is packed full of information and practical […]

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