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Incidence of marriage and divorce in Northern Ireland

Recent statistics released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency have given a breakdown of the number of marriages, divorces and civil partnerships that occurred in 2012.

The figures show that the marriage rate in Northern Ireland in 2012 increased to 5.9 persons marrying per 1,000 population aged 16 and over, from 5.8 in 2011. However, this still remains much lower than the rate seen 30 years ago of 9.0 persons per 1,000 population aged 16 and over in 1982.

The male marriage rate remained at 12.1 men marrying per 1,000 men aged 16 and over in 2012, while, the female marriage rate rose from 11.3 women marrying per 1,000 women aged 16 and over in 2011, to 11.4 in 2012. However, male and female marriage rates remain lower than those of 30 years ago (18.6 men and 17.3 women in 1982), indicating that many men and women may be choosing to cohabit rather than marry. In fact, around half (52%) of couples who married in 2012 reported living at the same address before marriage.

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Adoptive parents to benefit from new funding

Adoption UK has welcomed the launch of a new scheme to support parents adopting harder to place children from the care system.

“It’s all about me” is a new social impact bond service aimed at finding, training and providing on-going support to adoptive families.

Out of the 5,000 children seeking adoption every year, 300 of these are recognised as harder to place either because of their age, ethnicity, or because they are seeking placement with siblings. The social impact bond will fund training in therapeutic parenting, fuller assessment of a child’s needs and round the clock support from social workers.

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Same sex marriage becomes law in England

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has completed its historic journey through Parliament and received Royal Assent on 17th July, officially making it law.

According to Women and Equalities Minister, Maria Miller, the first same sex wedding could take place by as early as summer 2014.

The Act, which applies to England and Wales, will:

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