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Divorce Numbers Fall Across Britain

The Office for National Statistics has recently published details of the number of divorces that took place in England and Wales during 2015.

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Scottish House Prices Rise at Faster Rate than UK Average

Average house prices in Scotland are increasing at a higher rate than the UK average, according to the latest UK House Price Index (UK HPI). 

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Research Reveals Evolution in Housing and Mortgage Markets

New research into recent trends in the housing and mortgage lending markets has revealed that borrowing into older age is likely to be much more common over the next ten years.

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Report Calls for Stronger Enforcement by Child Maintenance Service

The new Child Maintenance Service (CMS) must be prepared and resourced to automatically take-over the more difficult or complicated child support non-payment cases from the CSA, and must be ‘toothier’ in enforcing payment.

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The Impact of Divorce on Retirement Income

A new study by Prudential into the impact of divorce on retirement income has found that retirees who have gone through a divorce will generally have a lower income than those who have never divorced, and are also more likely to be in debt.

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Report on Closure of Old Child Maintenance Schemes Published

The National Audit Office recently published the findings of its investigation into the Department for Work & Pensions’ closure of its 1993 and 2003 child maintenance schemes.

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Research Reveals Lack of Financial Protection

New research by Aviva has highlighted that many families are risking their financial wellbeing by failing to take out sufficient financial protection.

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Pension Savings Still Worryingly Low for Many

Too many people are still failing to make adequate financial provision for their retirement, new research by Prudential has found.

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Rise in New Build Home Completions

The latest Quarterly Housing Statistics from Scotland’s Chief Statistician have revealed that 16,309 new build homes were completed in the 12 months to September 2016. This is an increase of 1% on the 16,152 homes completed in the previous year.

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Calls for Reform of Deprivation of Liberty Process

The Law Commission for England and Wales recently carried out a review of the law relating to deprivation of liberty to ensure that suitable protections are in place within the legislative framework.

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Preparing for the Future – Power of Attorney and Living Wills

While most adults acknowledge the importance of planning ahead to ensure their interests and those of their loved ones are protected should the worst happen, all too often this awareness fails to lead to action.

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Completing the picture of who owns Scotland

Scotland can boast of having the oldest national register of land and property ownership in the world. But the General Register of Sasines, which celebrates its 400th birthday this year, is now being phased out and replaced by the modern Land Register of Scotland.

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Court Ruling a Victory for Cohabiting Couples’ Rights

The Supreme Court has ruled that a woman should be entitled to a survivor’s pension from her deceased cohabiting partner’s pension scheme.

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Property Prices and Mortgage Lending Both Rise

Registers of Scotland (RoS) and the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) have both published figures revealing recent levels of activity in the housing market, both in Scotland and the UK as a whole.

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Shortage of Houses Continues to Pose Problems

A lack of properties coming onto the housing market is continuing to prove problematic, according to the latest Residential Market Survey by RICS.

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Failure to Facilitate Contact a Breach of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the failure of Polish courts to take all appropriate steps to facilitate contact between a father and his son was a breach of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Britain’s Most Expensive Streets

Scotland’s most expensive street is currently to be found in St Andrews, according to new research by Bank of Scotland. The Scores, which is in very close proximity to the town’s Old Course golf course, now has an average house price of £2,179,000.

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Changes to Law of Succession in Scotland

On 1st November last year, significant legal changes to the law on inheritance in Scotland came into force.

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Report Shines Spotlight on Step-Family Relationships

A recent report by charities Relate and Relationships Scotland have given an interesting insight into the relationships between step-parents and their stepchildren, and how these relationships compare to that of biological parents.

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Lenders Publish Latest UK Property Market Figures

The latest House Price Index from Halifax has revealed that UK house prices in the three months to November were 6.0% higher than in the same three months of 2015, and 0.8% higher than in the preceding quarter of 2016.

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