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10% Rise in Number of Charities Named in Wills

Research conducted by Remember a Charity and Smee & Ford, has revealed that the number of charities being remembered in UK wills is on the rise. There was an increase of 10% in the last year.

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Legal Challenge of Named Person Policy

A legal challenge to the Scottish Government’s controversial ‘Named Person’ policy has been launched at the Supreme Court, the highest civil court in the UK. The scheme had been approved as part of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 but was appealed by a number of charities and individuals.

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Why You Should Formally End Your Marriage With Divorce

A recent case has demonstrated why separating couples should consider formally ending their relationship with divorce.

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Ex-Spouses Will No Longer Inherit Without Express Provision

The Succession (Scotland) Bill has passed its final reading in the Scottish Parliament. This Bill follows a series of reports by the Scottish Law Commission which recommended that changes are made to how cohabitants inherit, disinheritance and the rules that govern intestate succession.

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'Quickie' Divorce in Scotland

Celebrity divorces are nothing new, but two rather different high profile divorces have caught the headlines in recent weeks. X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is parting from her French husband of 18 months, Jean-Bernard. The location of the wedding, the Isle of Mustique, is said to be posing difficulties for the separating couple as it only allows a divorce after three years of marriage, except in cases of ‘exceptional hardship’.

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Dundee Family Law Statistics Revealed

A recent Scottish Government survey has revealed that 42.3% of adults in Dundee describe themselves as “never-married singles”.

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Scottish Government Pledges £3.5 Million Towards End of Life Care

Last week the Scottish Government launched the Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative Care. This announcement follows pressure from charities and public health organisations to improve the end of life care that is provided to patients. A spokesperson from the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) said that high quality end of life care should be a “right for everyone in Scotland.”

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No Fault Divorce Bill Receives Second Reading

The No Fault Divorce Bill will receive a second reading in the House of Commons on the 22nd of January 2016. This is a Private Members' Bill by Conservative MP Richard Bacon. A Private Members' Bill is one that is introduced by an MP or Lord, rather than a government minister. These bills must follow the same process as an ordinary Bill but will usually receive less time for all the issues to be debated and therefore, it is uncommon for these bills to become law. Private Members’ Bills will often attract public interest and may end up affecting the law indirectly.

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Royal Assent for Children and Young People Bill

A new Act that should provide greater support for children and families received Royal Assent last week. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act covers a wide range of issues relating to children, some of which have proved to be controversial.

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Civil partnerships a poor substitute for marriage, says study

A newly published piece of research from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has claimed that civil partnerships have never been sufficient to meet the demands for full equality between gay and straight couples.

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Lottery funding to help domestic violence victims

The Big Lottery Fund is to award £12 million to help over 20 different domestic violence support groups across Scotland, reports the BBC.

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Key event figures published for 2013

The National Records of Scotland has recently published provisional figures showing the number of births, deaths, adoptions, marriages and civil partnerships that took place in Scotland in 2013.

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'Law doesn’t protect us’ say domestic violence victims

The Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign has released a report calling for the Government to close gaps in the law around domestic violence that allow perpetrators to avoid prosecution for their abusive behaviour.

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The marriage gap between rich and poor

A recent study from Canada has examined the link between marriage and income. It found evidence of a “marriage gap”, where the wealthy are mostly married or in cohabiting relationships while the lowest owners are mostly unattached.

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A nation of lovers and fighters

New analysis by NatCen Social Research of the Understanding Society survey has revealed that almost nine out of ten (86%) of us who are married or live with a partner are happy in our relationship, and 7% of us say we’re in relationships that couldn’t get any better, describing them as “perfect”.

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Separating couples lose out as family mediation numbers fall

A recent report from relationship support charity Relate has highlighted a dramatic drop in the number of separating couples accessing the charity’s mediation services in April to September 2013, compared with the same period in 2012.

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Mental health sufferers run increased risk of domestic violence

A recent study from Canada has found that women with a severe mental health-related disability are nearly four times more likely to have been a victim of intimate partner violence than those without a disability.

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Couples counselling services offer value for money

An independent new evaluation of relationship support services has demonstrated clear financial and emotional benefits to individuals and society as a whole, according to a Department for Education-commissioned report.

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Cohabitation can help a relationship last

A recent study from America has found that cohabitation plays an important part in long-term relationships that last eight years and over.

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Domestic violence victims fear losing their children

Recent research by charity Family Rights Group has found a worrying increase in the number of victims of domestic violence who are at risk of having their children taken away from them, reports ITV News.

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