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Last update: Wednesday 23rd October
 
Married couples should be able to get ‘over the counter’ divorces at register offices and avoid judicial supervision, the most senior family judge in England and Wales suggested in early May. Sir James Munby also called for cohabiting couples to have similar legal protections to those who are married. Speaking to judges and lawyers in London, Munby also called for divorces to be fault-free, essentially meaning that neither party takes responsibility for ending the marriage.
FamilyEvangelicals Now, June 2014
 
Thirty-eight percent of working fathers would take a pay cut to spend more time with their children. (Careerbuilder, 2009)
FamilyRomance Academy - 14th June 2014
 
Girls who have a strong relationship with their fathers during adolescence showed a lack of psychological distress in adult life. (Economic & Social Research Council, March 2002)
FamilyRomance Academy - 14th June 2014
 
74% of fathers reported that spending time with the family or finding time for key relationships is their biggest concern in daily life. (ICM poll (EOC, 2007)

FamilyRomance Academy - 14th June 2014
 
A former judge who has spoken out in support of marriage says the official reprimand he received for his stance is “unfair” and “silly”. Sir Paul Coleridge worked for 40 years as a barrister and judge in the family courts and set up the Marriage Foundation in 2012. Following the launch he urged couples to “mend it – don’t end it”, but was told at the end of that year to keep a “lower profile” by the Office for Judicial Complaints.
FamilyChristian Institute - 23rd May 2014
 
A new ComRes poll has found that 50% of people still believe that marriage is a lifelong commitment between one man and one woman. Only 37% disagree. 62% believe that, although death and divorce may prevent it, children have the best chance in life if raised by a mother and father in a committed, permanent relationship. Just 25% disagreed.
FamilyCoalition For Marriage
 
A new £2,000-a-year tax break for childcare will allow parents to choose to go out and work longer hours, Prime Minister David Cameron has said. The new scheme, unveiled ahead of today’s Budget and due to come into effect in autumn 2015, will help around 1.9 million families where both parents work and has been welcomed by charities. But is has come under fire from some quarters for excluding couples where one parent does not work and being made available to high-earning households with a joint income of as much as £300,000. Labour said support for children and families had been cut by £15 billion since the coalition came to office in 2010 and dismissed the promise of a tax break after the next general election as ‘too little too late’.
FamilyThe Sentinel, March 19, 2014
 
New research from YouGov reveals that when it comes to wedding traditions, both men and women in Britain want to keep things as they are. Even traditions with medieval connotations (the father giving away the bride to the husband) are still very popular. Some 66% of men and 58% of women support the tradition of the bride taking the husband’s surname. The most popular tradition is the groom having a best man: 88% of British adults want to see this preserved. When it comes to the practice of the bride’s family paying for the wedding, 75% say they oppose it. Also largely opposed is the vow of promising to obey the husband, though women oppose this far more than men, by 81% to 59%.
FamilyInspire Magazine, February 2014
 
The average cost of childcare has leapt by 19 per cent in the past year, holding back parents from going to work, according to a study. Research by childcare search site Findababysitter.com showed that one-in-four unemployed parents wanted to work but could not because of high childcare costs. The average hourly rate for hiring help such as a nanny, housekeeper or babysitter jumped from £8.10 an hour to £9.80 over the past year, it suggested. A survey of over 1,000 parents for the study found that around half believed the Government was not doing enough to support them with childcare costs.
FamilyThe Sentinel, January 14, 2014
 
Ellen Greaves, of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), told a conference in late July that it is the character traits of people who choose to get married – rather than marriage itself – which benefits children. She suggested that policies that encourage marriage, like marriage tax breaks, would have a small impact on children’s development. But the Coalition for Marriage strongly criticised the remarks. Campaign Director Colin Hart said: ‘This is metropolitan elitist twaddle which will say anything to avoid the blindingly obvious: children do best with a married mum and dad. The conclusions of the IFS are another slap in the face for millions of ordinary married couples who have just been told that their commitment and faithfulness is nice, but ultimately of no value to future generations’. A report published by the Marriage Foundation this year (based on a survey of 40,000 households between 2010 and 2011) found that 45% of young teenagers (aged 13-15) are not living with both parents, but, among parents of young teenagers who do remain intact, 93% are married.
FamilyEvangelicals Now, September 2013
 
More than 1,000 two-year-olds in Staffordshire are in line to receive free nursery education this year. The deal – which sees each child receive 15 hours of free early education with nursery, playgroup or childminder – will be offered to around 1,400 two-year-olds from September. Parents on certain benefits, or with an income below £16,000-a-year, are likely to be eligible. The same deal is being offered to 920 two-year-olds in Stoke-on-Trent.
FamilyThe Sentinel, 12th August 2013
 
The Office of National Statistics has discovered that being married is 20 times more important to a person’s well-being than their earnings, it was reported in early June. The analysis, based on 165,000 people, showed that bonuses do not make you happy – the top 10% of Britain’s earners were more anxious than those who earned less.
FamilyEvangelicals Now, August 2013
 
It was reported in mid-June that at least one million children are growing up without a father, according to a think tank which describes the problem as ‘an ignored form deprivation’. The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) says parts of the country are ‘men deserts’ because, as well as a lack of fathers, there are so few male primary school teachers.
FamilyEvangelicals Now, August 2013
 
Compelling new evidence, that couples who don’t marry rarely offer a secure and stable home for children, emerged in major new research reported in late May. 45% of 13-15-year-olds, are no longer living with both parents. Among parents of young teenagers who stay together, 93% are married. In sharp contrast, of the 47% of children born to unmarried parents today, the report predicts that just 11% will reach the age of 16 with unmarried parents still together. The remainder will either marry or split up. Those who remain unmarried intact are a small minority. The study is based on the results of a large longitudinal survey of 40,000 households between 2010 and 2011.
FamilyEvangelicals Now - July 2013
 
A Bishop has said the Church of England “failed big time” over child protection as the General Synod formally apologised for clerical sex abuse. The Rt Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, said for “far too long” the Church of England, notably those in senior positions, had either disbelieved them but tried to hide the truth away or hoped that by removing an offender the problem would go away. He said: “We failed big time, we can do nothing other than confess our sin, repent and commit ourselves to being different in the years ahead.”
FamilyThe Sentinel - July 8, 2013
 
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