Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Biggest Divorce Case in London

From Bloomberg:

When Jamie Cooper-Hohn, the wife of the billionaire founder of The Children’s Investment Fund Management UK LLP, met Christopher Hohn at a dinner party while they were at Harvard University in the early 1990s, she asked what he wanted to do with his life.

“He said he wanted to make a lot of money,” she testified in their divorce case in London earlier this month. “I told him I wouldn’t date him if all he wanted to do was make money.”

Hohn convinced her that he wanted to “make the world a better place,” and the couple spent the following two decades building one of the world’s largest charitable foundations, fueled by his hedge fund. Now they’re fighting over how to divide $1.3 billion in marital assets.

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MR

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review of Carbone and Cahn's "Marriage Markets"

From the New York Times:

Two professors of family law, June Carbone and Naomi Cahn, have written a crisp and cogent account — rich with detail and utterly free of legalese — of America’s failure to invest in its children.

Their book, “Marriage Markets,” asserts that this failure lies not only in public policy but also in the private lives of Americans. Marriage, the time-honored way of fostering the interests of children, no longer works for many Americans. In an economy ruptured by increasing inequality, millions of men and women are deciding that marriage imposes obligations that they cannot meet. Nearly half of all marriages fail; more than 40 percent of American children are born to single mothers.

This is not a romantic book. Professor Carbone, who teaches at the University of Minnesota, and Professor Cahn, of George Washington University, describe picking a marriage partner as a high-stakes negotiation to find the most promising person, both emotionally and financially, for a lifelong commitment. It is a contract that comes with rights and responsibilities defined and enforced by law.

Read more here.

MR

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Wedding Spending

From Quartz:

Now that June—currently the most popular month for weddings in the US—is over, we took a breath from attending matrimony-related rehearsal dinners, cocktail hours, ceremonies, receptions, and brunches to nurse our collective hangover and compare the fiscal damage of an American wedding today with a Depression-era celebration 80 years ago.

What we found is that the US has loved to spend a lot on wedding celebrations for the better part of a century (which may be why Steve Martin’s opening monologue in the highly enjoyable 1991 film Father of the Bride was nearly identical to Spencer Tracy's 1950 version—and still rang true).

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MR

Hat Tip: SH

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Graduating in Wedding Dresses

From the Wall Street Journal:

BEIJING—On an overcast June day, 20 women in white gowns stood in a row on a grassy field. They had spent the morning fussing with one another's hair and makeup, and now, for the big moment, smiled into the camera.

But this was a graduation celebration, not a wedding.

Here in China, college women are spurning caps and gowns and choosing to commemorate their graduations in white tulle, instead.

"Who doesn't like wedding dresses?" said Liu Xiangping, who was among those posing for graduation shots that day, along with nearly two dozen fellow classmates clad in white. (Their four male classmates wore suits.)

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MR

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Price of Weddings

From Bloomberg:

Nearly 300,000 U.S. couples will get married this month. With a $30,000 average tab, the highest since theKnot.com began its annual wedding survey in 2007, that’s north of $8 billion spent in June alone. If everyone projected to get married in 2014 splurged like that, the 2 million or so events would cost $63 billion.

Honeymoon not included.

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MR

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Friday, July 25, 2014

7th Circuit Opinion on Wedding Officiants

A recent 7th Circuit decision held that certified secular humanist celebrants must be allowed to solemnize marriages in Indiana.

Download the Opinion here.

MR

Hat Tip: GW

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

No Divorce

The new queen of Spain cannot divorce her husband.  Read more here.

MR

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pre-Engagement Ring Hand Procedures

From the New York Times:

It was the stuff of Marie Valencis’ dreams: a 3.9-carat, princess-cut, platinum engagement ring with a diamond band — which her fiancé picked out by himself. But after the initial elation wore off, a seemingly more practical matter popped into her head: What about the selfies she would invariably post on Facebook, Instagram and elsewhere?

Never mind that she was a sprightly 30 years old. Despite the bauble shimmering on her finger, her hand looked scaly, she said, with a few sunspots dotting it. “When I saw a picture, I thought, ‘Oh, it doesn’t look very smooth, plump and youthful,’ ” said Ms. Valencis, a baker in Farmington, Conn. “I wanted a hand makeover.”

In the time that has passed since the Styles section last reported on hand-lift procedures (March 15, 2012), doctors are saying that they are seeing more newly engaged women come in specifically with the selfie in mind.

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MR

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hasday's "Family Law Reimagined"

From Jill Elaine Hasday (University of Minnesota), writing for Slate:

Too often, the law permits sibling relationships to be severed by an adoption or a parent’s divorce or death. Sometimes, siblings are left with no way to stay in touch with each other. When siblings placed in different households have had the chance to write or speak publicly about their experiences, they have emphasized the pain, sadness, and complete shock that separation can inflict.

The tie between siblings is often the longest lasting relationship that a person ever experiences. Social science research makes clear that strong bonds between brothers and sisters can develop very early in childhood. Many children spend more time with their siblings than with anyone else, and siblings who grow up together accumulate a store of shared memories that can shape each sibling for life. Children with absent, dysfunctional, or warring parents often forge especially intense bonds with each other that provide solace, nurturing, and secure emotional attachments.

But as I discuss in my new book, Family Law Reimagined, the legal system has long acted as if marriage and parenthood are the only two family relationships that matter. In recent years, the law has expanded its focus slightly by directing more attention toward unmarried couples. Yet courts and legislatures still do remarkably little to protect sibling ties.

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MR

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Time Spent with Kids

From the Guardian:

Dads may deserve that card to mark Fathers' Day as research shows they spend seven times as much time interacting with their children than their own fathers did with them 40 years ago.

While the time focused on their offspring still comes in at a fairly low average of 35 minutes a day for working fathers, it is far higher than the five minutes registered in 1974. Mothers' quality time with their kids has also risen over the same period, from 15 minutes a day to an hour.

But while it would seem to be good news for children, the researchers found a worrying social disparity over how that extra time is spent. More educated parents were far more likely to report spending time helping their children with homework, while parents without further or higher education were less likely to get involved in any kind of learning activity.

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MR

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Review of Carbone and Cahn's "Marriage Markets"

From Brookings:

Economists have long argued that there is such a thing as a market for spouses. The old theory, associated with University of Chicago Nobel laureate, Gary Becker, is that people marry for the same reason that nations trade with one another: comparative advantage. If men are better at earning money in the labor market and women are better at taking care of home and children, it makes sense for them to combine forces within marriage so that they can then specialize in what they each do best. The problem with Becker's theory is that with the expansion of labor market opportunities for women, it now needs revision.

Along come June Carbone and Naomi Cahn, who have just written a fascinating book providing us with the needed update. Although they are both lawyers, their story has an economic ring to it. The book, entitled "Marriage Markets," argues that these markets are more segmented by class than in the past (lawyers now marry other lawyers not their secretaries). One can only understand what has happened to marriage if one combines this reality with another one which is the fact that growing income inequality has produced a shortage of women at the top end of the income distribution (where top earners are still primarily male) and a shortage of men at the bottom end (where less skilled men can no longer find good jobs in manufacturing, for example).

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MR

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Reasons for Divorce

From the New York Post:

When it comes to marriage, some things never change. That’s certainly one lesson from a recent survey of 4,000 ever-divorced adults between the ages of 18 and 60.

Researchers at the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture used new data from the “Relationships in America” survey to find out why people got out of their marriages.

Sexual infidelity is still the most common reason for divorce. Nearly 37 percent of respondents cited their own infidelity or their spouse’s as a cause for the split.

Read more here.

MR

Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Surrogacy Destination--the U.S.

From the New York Times:

At home in Lisbon, a gay couple invited friends over to a birthday celebration, and at the end of the evening shared a surprise — an ultrasound image of their baby, moving around in the belly of a woman in Pennsylvania being paid to carry their child.

“Everyone was shocked, and asked everything about how we do this,” said Paulo, who spoke on the condition that neither his last name nor that of his husband, João, be used since what they were doing is a crime in Portugal.

While babies through surrogacy have become increasingly common in the United States, with celebrities like Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jimmy Fallon openly discussing how they started a family, the situation is quite different in Portugal — as it is in most of the world where the hiring of a woman to carry a child is forbidden. And as Paulo and João have discovered, even bringing home a baby born abroad through surrogacy can be complicated.

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MR

Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fathers' Rights in Scotland

From Professor Elaine E Sutherland, writing for the Journal:

The familiar bones of contention – the recognition of non-marital (unmarried) fathers, the allocation of parental responsibilities and parental rights, and sanctions for parents who obstruct the other parent’s involvement in their child’s life – are back in the spotlight again in Scotland.  

A Public Petition, the mechanism by which members of the Scottish public can seek to influence legislative change in country, has been lodged by a fathers’ rights campaigner calling for reform of the law on these matters. 

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MR

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Yorker Cartoon on Marriage

Here.

MR

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Monday, July 14, 2014

New Online Dating Outlet

From CNN:

But a new partnership between American Mensa and online dating giant Match.com offers a new, enticing reason to join the society of geniuses: true love.

Beginning this week, members of the brainiac group can connect through a separate, exclusive dating service called Mensa Match. In addition, Match.com members can add a special Mensa badge to their profiles, signaling a specific interest in connecting with a single person with a confirmed genius-level IQ score.

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MR

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mormon Church Leaving Adoption Role

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

LDS Family Services still will work with couples who want to adopt and with pregnant women — but as professional counselors, not adoption brokers.

"As a traditional adoption agency, it’s not working out for us," said David M. McConkie, manager of services for children at LDS Family Services.

At the heart of the decision is a trend that forced LDS Family Services to reassess how it can best serve Mormons: the fact that few unwed mothers give up their babies for adoption anymore.

Thirty years ago, 15 percent of single pregnant teenagers and young women chose adoption. Today, it’s 1 percent nationally and perhaps slightly higher in Utah, McConkie said.

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MR

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Work-Life Balance

Are peoples stressed more at home or work?  See results here.

MR

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Timing in Divorce

From the Wall Street Journal:

Hedge-fund billionaire David Tepper, 56, has reportedly split from his wife of 28 years. Most people don’t have the kind of wealth to consider in a divorce as Tepper, who has an estimated worth of $10 billion. But consider this harsh reality: Half of all marriages end in divorce, and when it comes to splitting up even for the 99%, experts say, timing is everything.

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MR

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Marriage Frozen

From the Guardian:

A man posting on a Japanese marriage advice forum has said the reason for his wife divorcing him was that he didn't enjoy the Disney film Frozen. 

He writes that his wife became obsessed with Frozen after a friend introduced her to it, prompting her to see it at the cinema numerous times. He was eventually cajoled into going along with her, but afterwards said that it was only "OK", and he "didn't really care for it personally". 

Perhaps inspired by the self-empowerment message in the film's central anthem Let It Go, the woman then said: "If you can't understand what makes this movie great, there's something wrong with you as a human being!" before saying that she wanted a divorce. He says she now won't talk to him directly, but mediates through their parents.

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MR

 

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