Well, there's not much news yet. One thing does, however, appear to have been decided as part of the Tory/Lib-Dem deal. According to reports (see, for example, in The Telegraph today), the Liberal democrats have agreed not to block the Tory marriage tax break proposal. They will not, however, support the proposal. By my maths, it thus appears that the proposal will be passed, there not being enough MPs to defeat the Tory vote without the Lib-Dems.
What of other family policies? There are, of course, more pressing issues, and I suspect it will therefore be some time before we hear anything more. Looking at the manifestos of the Tories and Lib-Dems, there does seem to be scope for further reforms, but also scope for argument over issues upon which the two parties disagree - I doubt whether such details were thrashed out in the coalition deal, but we shall see.
Longer-term, it must seem very doubtful whether there will be the much-needed reform of our divorce laws. That is such a divisive issue at the best of times, and having a government made of two different parties must surely make it even more unlikely.
Finally, who will be the new Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, assuming that department remains in its current form? It appears that he/she will be a Tory, and presumably therefore former shadow Children's Secretary Michael Gove, although quite what that may mean I don't know.
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UPDATE: The Coalition Agreement has now been published, and this confirms that Liberal Democrat MPs may abstain on budget resolutions to introduce transferable tax allowances for married couples without prejudice to the agreement. It has also been announced that Michael Gove is to be Education Secretary, with the DCSF looking like it may be broken up.
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FURTHER UPDATE: The DCSF will be known once again as the Department for Education.