Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Quantifying Life Satisfaction

The blog "Barking up the wrong tree" recounts the value attributed to certain relationships: "a better social life can be worth as much as an additional $131,232 a year in terms of life satisfaction," "a happy marriage is worth $105,000 a year," and "seeing friends and family regularly is worth $97,265."  See how much bad health and a divorce cost you in terms of life satisfaction, here.





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Friday, February 17, 2012

Back to Marriage

From the Huffington Post, an article authored by June Carbone and Naomi Cahn:

As we celebrated Valentine's Day this week we should be aware that underlying the many stories on the changing nature of marriage and relationships is a central irony: The college-educated middle class that embraced the sexual revolution is now leading the way back into marriage. And this group has more stable families because of the combination of two qualities hard for everyone else to find. The first is a flexible approach to family roles. Men who help with the children and women with six-figure incomes are very much in demand. The second is good jobs: Over the last 30 years, the number of men with stable employment has stayed even with women only at the top. The result is remaking the definition of domestic success.

Read more here.


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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Divorce Hurts Young Couples Most

From Michigan State University:

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Divorce at a younger age hurts people’s health more than divorce later in life, according to a new study by a Michigan State University sociologist.

Hui Liu said the findings, which appear in the research journal Social Science & Medicine, suggest older people have more coping skills to deal with the stress of divorce.

Read more here.


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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Shared Parenting Presumption in England?

From the Guardian:

Fathers will get improved contact with their children following divorce, amid plans to rewrite the law governing custody disputes.

A ministerial working group will decide how to amend the Children's Act 1989 and might include in it a "presumption of shared parenting". The changes are part of an overhaul in family law that is described by the Law Society as "the most important" in more than 20 years.

Currently, family courts decide to leave children with their mothers in the vast majority of divorce cases, meaning that one in three children – around 3.8 million – is living with their father absent from their lives. Just 8% of single parents in Britain are fathers living with their children, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Read more here.


February 15, 2012 in Custody (parenting plans) | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Name Regrets

From Daily Mail:

Picking a baby name is a difficult task for many parents.

And new research suggests that more than half (54 per cent) go on to regret their original choice.

Around 49 per cent of those surveyed said the name they originally chose for their newborn failed to reflect its personality later in life.

Read more here.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day




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Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day for Cheaters

From the Chicago Tribune:

Everyone knows Valentine's Day is Feb. 14. Not quite as as many may know that Feb. 13 is Mistress Day, though, and that's probably a good thing. But we thought it might be a good time to learn a little more about cheating. So we went to, a dating site primarily for married people looking to get lucky outside their marriages, to find out more.

"Seventy-nine percent of married men that we polled plan to spend Feb. 13 with their mistress," said Noel Biderman, the founder of "Since our launch in 2002, we've interviewed tens of thousands of women over the years and discovered there was a behavior pattern where people were making sure that around certain holidays, if you were leading a double life — you paid attention to those lives."

Read more here.


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Loving v. Virginia--in a Valentine's Day HBO Movie

HBO is showing a wonderful movie documenting the Lovings' struggle leading up to the famous Supreme Court case regarding interracial marriage--on Valentine's Day:




Hat Tip: RL

February 13, 2012 in Film, Marriage (impediments) | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Single Life

The Washington Post just ran an interesting story about people who have not yet found love...and lived to tell about it.  Read it here.


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Rozen: "The Marriage Tax is Down But Not Out"

Harvey S. Rozen (Princeton Univ. Dept. of Econ.) has posted "The Marriage Tax is Down But Not Out" on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

The public debate surrounding the Tax Reform Act of 1986 has paid little attention to the tax consequences of being married. Specifically, there has been virtually no discussion of the possible existence of an implicit "marriage tax"--the increase in the joint income tax liability of a man and woman when they marry. This lack of concern appears to be due to the perception that the new law has lowered marginal tax rates to such an extent that the magnitudes of marriage taxes (and subsidies) are inconsequential. In this paper, I show that to the contrary, the new law created large taxes on being married for some couples, and large subsidies for others. On the basis of a tax simulation model, I estimate that in 1988, 40 percent of all couples will pay an annual average marriage tax of about $1100, and 53 percent will receive an average subsidy of about $600. One striking result that emerges from the analysis is the relatively large marriage tax that will be borne by some low income couples with children. For such couples, the marriage tax can amount to 10 percent of joint gross income. Hence, the new tax law appears to quite "anti-family" for some low income workers.


February 12, 2012 in Scholarship, Family Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)