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Couples will be able to file for divorce online this year, if a controversial new project goes ahead.
FamilyThe Christian Institute - 6th January 2016
 
Rice maker Uncle Ben’s has commissioned a survey to understand more about Britain’s culinary interests. The results revealed: Almost 75 percent of children aged nine don’t know how to boil an egg. A total of 68 percent of parents said they only cook with their children once-a-month or less with 14 percent say they never do. 41 percent of parents said they wish they had more time to cook with their children.
FamilyThe Sentinel - 29th August 2016
 
A sperm bank has introduced a mobile phone app, believed to be the first of its kind, for women to select a sperm donor of their choice to father a child. London Sperm Bank Donors, nicknamed the ‘order a daddy’ app, allows women to ‘browse’ potential fathers based on desired characteristics, including physical traits and education level. Critics say that this app promotes eugenics and further undermines and trivialises parenthood, making both father and child a commodity.
FamilyChristian Concern - 30th September 2016
 
UK adoption figures have dropped by 12% over the past year, in what is thought to be a failing of the government’s adoption policy, with more children going to foster parents and kinship carers. Although figures had risen over the past few years, after David Cameron introduced reforms, the number of children adopted fell from 5,360 in 2015 to 4,690 in 2016.
FamilyChristian Concern - 30th September 2016
 
In 2015 there was a total of 203,096 abortions performed in the UK. 98% of all abortions were performed on the grounds that having the baby would be detrimental to the mental health of the mother. 27% of the abortions in England and Wales went to women who had already had at least one abortion and 1,030 of these had already had four or more previous abortions; 50 women were having at least their ninth abortion.
FamilyEvangelicals Now - August 2016
 
In the UK, one in six couples will experience fertility issues – that’s 3.5 million people.
FamilyThe Sentinel – July 12th 2016
 
Women who have undertaken sex reassignment surgery to become ‘men’ are being given IVF treatment on the NHS, it has emerged. At least three women who have undertaken the surgery are “on the brink” of becoming parents using IVF, according to a doctor who works at the UK’s only ‘gender identity’ clinic. Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali said the procedure risked upsetting "the natural order", and that this would be very confusing for the child.
FamilyChristian Concern - 5th August 2016
 
Trust between parents and schools was seriously threatened by the legislation behind the Named Person plans, the Scottish Parent Teacher Council (SPTC) has said.
FamilyThe Christian Institute - 12th August 2016
 
Some 2.87 million people in Britain are, according to Relate, in relationships which are broken...Side-effects include depression, anxiety and increased blood pressure and heightened risk of heart attacks...Recent findings, based on a sizeable survey of 20,000 people, reveal one in 10 partners occasionally regret getting married or living together, while 9 percent have considered divorce or separation. Some 49 percent of partners reported occasional quarrelling, with 6.8 percent reporting severe levels.
FamilyThe Sentinel - May 26th 2016
 
Children whose parents are married have higher self-esteem and increased life chances, a think-tank study has concluded. The Marriage Foundation found that children of married couples have significantly higher self-esteem than their counterparts from other types of family.
FamilyChristian Concern - 3rd June 2016
 
The number of people marrying in England and Wales has fallen for the first time since 2009. The Office for National Statistics said there were 240,854 marriages in 2013, down 8.6% on 2012.
FamilyThe Sentinel - 28th April 2016
 
Same-sex couples adopt 1 in 12 children. Statistics released from the Department of Education show that 120 children were adopted by same-sex couples in England in 2010. Last year, the number rose to 450 - a four-fold increase over the past five year.
FamilyChristian Concern - 20th February 2016
 
Children born to married parents could become a minority within five years. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that, in England and Wales, only 52.5% of women who gave birth last year were married. The percentage of children born to married parents has been declining steadily for years; the figure stood at 61% in 2000.
FamilyChristian Concern - 21st November 2015
 
Dr John Sentamu wants a ‘phone fast’ on the 25th so people can ‘focus on connecting with family and friends’. He's made his call as a survey found a quarter of us will check work emails on Christmas Day.
FamilyBible Society - 11th December 2015
 
UK Couples say financial problems and a lack of work-life balance are the top things that threaten their marriage; 36% choose extra-marital affairs as a possible problem, just ahead of ‘not understanding each other’. *Almost 60% of men and over 45% of women will cheat at some point in their marriages, according to Taylor and Francis’ US research on cybersex. Only 47% of people in France say that an extramarital affair is morally unacceptable, whereas 94% of people in Turkey and the Palestinian territories consider infidelity unacceptable.**
*Source: Office for National Statistics
**Source: Pew Research
FamilyChristianity - November 2015
 
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