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Love, Relationships & Marriage

Positive Relationships at the Heart of Scotland

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Guest blog post by Morag Chisholm, Counsellor & Treasurer at Relationships Scotland Dumfries & Galloway Politicians both sides of the border are fond of extolling the virtues of family values, often without taking time to understand the complexities of modern relationships. MSPs at our recent Parliamentary event instead chose listening and learning with third and…

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Does marriage makes you happier?

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Our new study of more than 5,000 people in the UK has lifted the lid on the state of our relationships. The Way We Are Now 2014 is one of the largest studies of its kind. It provides a window into the most important areas of our lives – from couple and family life to sex,…

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The state of the UK’s relationships in 2014

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Our new report reveals Scotland’s couple, family, friendships, sex and work secrets: • 1 in 10 people don’t have a single close friend (8%) • 1 in 5 never or rarely felt loved in the two weeks before the survey (18%) • A quarter of people say they are not satisfied with their sex lives…

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Tell us your relationship story

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In August 2014 we will be launching a major piece of research exploring the state of the UK’s relationships. The report gives us a snapshot of all kinds of relationships, from couples to colleagues. To help us to bring the research to life and show what it means to different people across Scotland we would…

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Are young children ‘damaged’ by overnights with their separated dad?

A brief guest post from Rosanne Cubitt, Head of Professional Practice at Relationships Scotland, offering her thoughts on the controversy surrounding Penelope Leach’s new book – ‘Family Breakdown’. A heated debate has been sparked by Penelope Leach’s new book, ‘Family Breakdown’. Let’s be very clear that at Relationships Scotland we disagree with a presumption that overnights with the other…

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‘Conscious Uncoupling’ – A better way to separate?

Guest blog post from Anne Chilton, Joint Head of Professional Practice at Relationships Scotland, on Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s ‘conscious uncoupling’. Conscious uncoupling might sound catchy and a bit new wave, but is it? It’s the other end of all that lovey dovey stuff we do at the start of a relationship. Only at…

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Remember what really matters on Valentine’s Day

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This article first appeared in Scotland on Sunday. For many couples, Valentine’s Day is simply something to be ignored – an overly commercialised and artificial event designed to encourage us to spend money that we can ill afford. This perhaps understandable reaction fails, however, to make the most of an opportunity for couples to take…

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Should mediation be mandatory for separating couples?

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This article originally featured in The Scotsman. Family mediation helps resolve issues between separating couples more quickly and more cost effectively than those cases that go through the courts. Family mediators work directly with separating partners to improve communication, reduce conflict and help the couple themselves agree on practical, workable arrangements for the future care…

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How separated parents can survive Christmas

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Christmas should be a magical time of year for families, a chance to come together, open presents and have fun. For families who have gone through the turmoil of a divorce it can mean heightened emotions and stress as they try to do what’s best for their children despite their separation. What starts out as…

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