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No-fault divorce increases divorce - new study

New research by the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy (iMAPP) in the US has found evidence that no-fault divorce leads to an increase in the divorce rate on the order of 10 percent. Maggie Gallagher, IMAPP head, and co-author of the report (registration required), says that this rate of increase continues for at least the first 10 years after the introduction of no-fault divorce.

17/07/07
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Most marital breakdown occurring among those married more than 20 years: study

New research suggests that couples married for between 21 and 25 years are the most likely spouses to breakup. Figures from a snapshot survey of 48 divorce and judicial separation cases in the Cork Circuit Court in October 2006 showed that over 20 per cent of cases involved couples in this age group. The Family Law Matters study, by Dr Carol Coulter, also showed that a sixth of the cases were taken by people in marriages of between 31 and 35 years.

17/07/07
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Gay couples to get legal recognition ASAP, says Taoiseach

The Government is set to legislate for civil partnership for same-sex partners “at the earliest possible date”, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said yesterday. Mr Ahern made the comments at the re-launch of a gay community centre in Dublin.

17/07/07
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Gay activists attempt to force church to host civil union

A lesbian couple in the US is suing a Methodist-owned campground, claiming illegal discrimination because their request for a civil union ceremony on the property was denied.

17/07/07
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What Americans think about marriage II

New research from the US suggests that the earliest years of marriages are the happiest. The survey, carried out by Professor Kelly Musick of the University of Southern California and Professor Larry Bumpass from the University of Wisconsin, compared the reported happiness of a group of couples who had been married for three years with those who had been married for four to six years.

13/07/07
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Promote marriage to end “broken society” say Conservative Party

Social breakdown is costing the UK £102 billion a year, according to a new report by the Tory Party. And the document, entitled Breakthrough Britain, argues that encouraging marriage is one of the strategies needed to address the problem.

12/07/07
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Cohabiting couples have legal rights on separation, according to Court ruling

A High Court ruling has paved the way for partners in non-marital relationships to sue for rights in court, according to a report in the Irish Independent. The Court held that a woman who had split from her long term partner could sue for rights under the Constitution.

12/07/07
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What Americans think about marriage

Children are one of the least cited factors in a successful marriage, according to a new US survey on marriage. The prestigious Pew Research Center's recent poll on attitudes towards marriage showed that, while children rank as the highest source of personal fulfillment for their parents, married adults did not see them as being an important reason to stay married.

10/07/07
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Majority of young cohabiting couples plan to marry, new UK figures say

A new UK study has shown that three out of four young cohabitees say they will tie the knot one day. The findings are further evidence that British tax changes which make it financially beneficial to stay single are to blame for the falling number of weddings.

11/07/07
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Stamp duty harming married couples

Stamp duty is harming married couples, according to a feature in the Irish Independent. The report points out that the abolition of stamp duty for first time buyers is likely to make it more difficult for married couples to buy bigger houses where they can start a family.

10/07/07
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Court case could mean more rights for unmarried fathers

A new case may result in more rights being given to unmarried fathers. The case involves a man who is attempting to have his two-year-old twins returned to him from England after their mother took them there in January.

07/07/2007
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Big drop in number of stay-at-home spouses, new figures show

There has been big fall in the number of stay-at-home spouses, according to latest Census data. There are now 275,122 spouse in the home, a drop of 45,345 on the 2002 figure of 320,467. This is a decrease of 14 per cent.

28/06/07
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Huge numbers traveling long distances to work, Census reveals

New figures from the Census have revealed that very large numbers of people are commuting long distances to work. According to the new figures, 187,000 people spend over an hour getting to work each day.

28/06/07
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School ban on purity ring breaches religious freedom, says schoolgirl

A UK schoolgirl has taken her school to court for ‘breaching her human rights’ over its decision to ban her from wearing a ring that symbolises her belief in chastity. School-friend of the girl, Lydia Playfoot age 15, have also been ordered to remove the 'purity rings' because they contravene the school's uniform policy. Millais School, an all-girls’ comprehensive in West Sussex, says it has a strict 'no jewellery' rule, allowing only small stud earrings.

26/06/07
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Fathers who attend church more likely to be married, says new report

Urban fathers who attend church services regularly are twice as likely to be married when their child is born compared with men who don’t attend church, according to new US research. The research also showed that women who attended services regularly were 40 per cent more likely to be married. (The site which links to the report can be found here)

22/06/07
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Parents worried about sex, violence in media, says new report

Parents in the US are increasingly worried about the level of sexual and violent material in cinemas, video games and TV, according to a new survey. The study reveals that two-thirds of parents are very concerned about portrayals of sex and violence their children are exposed to in the media. The report, released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, shows there would be broad support for any new limits on such material on television.

21/06/07
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Main party in Swedish coalition comes out in favour of gay marriage

The ruling body of the Moderate Party, the main partner in Sweden's ruling coalition, have come out in favour of legalising homosexual marriage after sustained pressure from a number of its members. Observers had suggested that the issue threatened to collapse the Government, led by the Moderate Party's Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

19/06/07
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Irish marital breakdown likely to reach half British rate, says former Taoiseach

The rate of marital breakdown in Ireland is likely to reach 25 per cent in the next couple of decades and then plateau, predicts former Taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald.

19/06/07
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Constitutional provisions on family must change says former Chief Justice

Radical changes to the constitutional provisions on the family to reflect the changing nature of Irish society must be made, according to former Chief Justice Ronan Keane. Mr Keane, made the remarks at a conference marking the 70th anniversary of the Constitution at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) law school on Friday.

13/06/07
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Children need fathers, says Barnardos head Finlay

Children whose fathers are involved in their lives fare better, educationally, socially and emotionally, according Fergus Finlay, CEO of children's charity Barnardos. Mr Finlay was speaking at the launch of an evaluation of the charity's Da Project, a pilot initiative in Cherry Orchard designed to get fathers more involved with their children.

13/06/07
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