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A woman has been jailed for 8 weeks after she cancelled her brother’s wedding behind his back because she didn’t like the bride-to-be.  Ann Duffy rang the wedding venue that had been booked for the impending nuptials and impersonated her brother’s fiancée, telling them that she wished to cancel the wedding.   Plymouth magistrates’ court heard…

The 2 year 9 month itch has replaced the famous 7 year itch, a new study has shown. Couples today are more likely to break up sooner, with the average relationship length of those who took part in the survey being 2 years 9 months. The abundance of social media is being blamed for the…

The new Children and Families Bill currently being passed through Parliament is to include an amendment that will allow children in foster care to stay put after their 18th birthday. The changes to the Bill have come after a very successful campaign, “Don’t move me” drew attention to the plight of young people forced to…

The shared parenting clause included in the Children and Families Bill is to be amended after a group of children’s charities pointed out that it could lead to confusion. Clause 11 of the Children and Families Bill, states that courts should:  ‘presume, unless the contrary is shown, that involvement of that parent in the life of…

Simon Hughes, the new justice minister, has made it clear that UK courts should be more user friendly. In an interview with the Guardian, Hughes explained that people should feel that they “own” the courts, and that more needs to be done to make sure that people feel comfortable and informed when attending court. Hughes…

Concealed families are on the rise, new figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown. More homes are being shared between two or more families. There has been a 70% increase in this type of household between 2001 and 2011. The 2011 census showed that there were 289,000 concealed families in England and Wales. In…

The office of National Statistics have released figures that show that there was one divorce every five minutes during the recession in 2012. There were 118,140 divorces in 2012, up 0.5 per cent on 2011. Almost half of these couples split in the first 10 years of marriage. Statisticians at the ONS  have suggested that…