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Judge Sir Paul Coleridge retires and calls for end to family breakdown (Thu, 17 Apr 2014)
Sir Paul Coleridge says something must be done to stop the "misery" of family breakdown as he retires as a senior High Court judge in the Family Division. [Telegraph]
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Single Family Court - family justice system reforms (Tue, 08 Apr 2014)
The single Family Court will be implemented on 22 April. On the same day, the majority of the family justice provisions in the Children and Families Act will come into force. [Family Law]
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Civil legal aid: access denied (Mon, 07 Apr 2014)
Figures suggest that in December 2013, only 4% of cases started with both parties represented and 42% with neither side represented. The report suggests the cuts resulted in more cases being contested, with a 27% rise in applications relating to access and custody, and lawyer-free cases taking longer. [Law Society Gazette]
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Midwives, GPs and registrars to help tackle family breakdown (Mon, 24 Mar 2014)
Midwives, GPs and registrars will be enlisted to help couples stay together and reduce levels of family breakdown under government plans, The Daily Telegraph has learned. Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions secretary, is examining series of new policies aimed at reducing the "stigma" surrounding counselling and relationship support services. [Telegraph]
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Mother loses custody battle over ‘permissive’ parenting style (Mon, 17 Feb 2014)
A judge ruled that the women’s “very permissive” style of parenting was harming the boys’ well-being, allowing them to grow up without proper “boundaries” and damaging their educational prospects. She ruled that the women, who appeared to be blinded by an “almost pathological” hatred of her former husband, had also denied the boys exposure to and experience of their extended family on their father’s side. [Telegraph]
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One in seven put off divorce or separation because of financial worries (Fri, 14 Feb 2014)
As many as one in seven people who are divorced or separated admit they stayed with their partner for too long due to financial worries, a new survey found. [This is Money]
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One in three families has step-child from previous relationship (Thu, 06 Feb 2014)
Almost two million children live in a two-parent family where one parent is not their own, according to a report. [Telegraph]
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Cuts threaten child contact centres (Wed, 05 Feb 2014)
Safe meeting places for parents and children to rebuild fractured relationships face closure as councils axe funding. They are a lifeline for separated families. [The Guardian]
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Truancy down when teens eat with parents, says OECD (Wed, 22 Jan 2014)
Young people who regularly eat their main meal with their parents are much less likely to be truants, says an analysis from the OECD. [BBC News]
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Legal aid cut threat to family mediation drive (Mon, 13 Jan 2014)
The government’s troubled family mediation policy is set to hit crisis point as divorce cases begun before April 2013’s legal aid cuts reach their conclusion, the Gazette can reveal. [Law Society Gazette]
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One in three mothers say Dad should not have say in their child's upbringing (Thu, 09 Jan 2014)
One in three separated mothers think their children’s fathers should have no say in their upbringing, according to a report yesterday. It found that 32 per cent of separated mothers thought that they alone had the right to make decisions about their children’s future. [Mail]
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No such thing as a ‘good’ divorce when children involved, say divorcees (Thu, 09 Jan 2014)
Six out of 10 separated parents who have been through a split doubt that it is possible to have a ‘good’ separation. [Telegraph]
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Edinburgh social workers guilty of contempt for ignoring sheriff's order (Fri, 20 Dec 2013)
Two social workers who defied a sheriff and stopped a mother from seeing her estranged children have been found guilty of contempt of court. [STV]
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Divorcing couples regret the impact on children but don’t tend to seek help (Sat, 14 Dec 2013)
One-third of divorced or separated couples state that their biggest regret about splitting up was the impact it had on their children. However, the survey results point toward a discrepancy between a couple's perceived impact of their split on the children and the wide body of scientific and clinical evidence which chronicles such impact. [Family Law Week]
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Teach married couples about monogamy for sake of the children, says High Court judge (Fri, 06 Dec 2013)
Married couples should be sent to classes promoting monogamy to help spare children lifelong scars from family breakdown, according to the High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge . [Telegraph]
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Offering parents a safe and boundaried environment in which to develop new ways of managing the difficult transitions that accompany divorce or family separation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Putting Children First now available to parents in Australia

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Putting Children First

a success on the Isle of Wight

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