Posts for Relationships

Marriages and civil partnerships are regulated by the government – here’s why that’s a problem

Pavlo Melnyk/Shutterstock Daniel Hill, University of Liverpool Did you get engaged over Christmas or New Year? If so, congratulations. Perhaps you have already been to the register office to give […]

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Why more couples are choosing to live apart

shutterstock/View Apart Simon Duncan, University of Bradford For many couples, moving in together signifies a big step in the relationship. Traditionally, this meant marriage, although nowadays most cohabit before getting […]

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No blame divorce back on the cards …

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill represents the biggest shake-up of divorce laws in half a century and aims to reduce the impact that allegations of blame can have on […]

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Government to help ‘troubled families’ get back on track

Is this a good thing or an overbearing kind of government intervention/paternalism? You decide. Families with deep rooted-problems will receive  support to get their lives back on track with up […]

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Introvert? You may just be bad at recognising faces

s. pathdoc/Shutterstock Karen Lander, University of Manchester Although most of us can distinguish between and remember hundreds of different faces, some people are better at it than others. “Super-recognisers” can […]

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Neuroscience proves Nietzsche right: some people are wired to be more spontaneous than others

Jacob Lund/Shutterstock Parashkev Nachev, UCL “Why can’t you just relax into it?” is a question many of us have asked in frustration with ourselves or others – be it on […]

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Read to your child for Christmas

Good advice or the State interfering in people’s everyday lives? Families have been urged to reach for a book this Christmas in a bid to boost early literacy skills. With […]

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How do you know when it’s time to break up? Here’s the research

Elnur/Shutterstock Veronica Lamarche, University of Essex Christmas may be a time of giving, but it’s also a peak time for break-ups. Facing the prospect of spending yet another festive season […]

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Family sizes are dropping as women now average 1.89 children

Women born in 1973 (the most recent cohort to complete their childbearing in 2018) had on average 1.89 children, unchanged from the previous cohort (women born in 1972). More than […]

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Domestic abuse in 2019 – nothing much changes, alas

Today the Office for National Statistics has released the latest figures on domestic abuse from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, police recorded crime and a number of different […]

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