Friday, September 5, 2014

Podcast on 7th Circuit Marriage Cases

Here is a Bloomberg Radio podcast with Margaret Ryznar on the 7th Circut same-sex marriage cases.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Call for Papers

Download Call for Papers here (Friday, September 19th Deadline) for the Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Girls Don't Cause Divorce

From Slate:

For years, researchers have observed a correlation between U.S. couples with daughters and their likelihood of divorce, which tends to be somewhat higher than for couples with sons. In both academic circles and in popular culture, this trend wasn’t simply considered a positive association, but a clear causal relationship: a notable portion of research held that daughters were actually the ones causing divorces, because fathers prefer boys and only want to stay married to women who give birth to them. But thanks to a new study on the roots of relationship conflict, this belief — which now seems not only reductive, but also blatantly sexist — might start to recede from view.

According to a study published in the journal Demography on Wednesday, the association between divorce rates and daughters might actually have less to do with what happens in a female child’s lifetime and more to do with what happens before birth. Researchers Amar Hamoudi and Jenna Nobles posit that because female embryos tend to be hardier than male embryos, daughters are more likely to come of relationships that are already in some sort of turmoil during pregnancy. Sons, on the contrary, would be less likely to be born into such relationships, because male embryos do not have the same robustness as their female counterparts.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Parental Autonomy

From the Atlantic:

In South Carolina, a 46-year-old black woman has been arrested for letting her daughter play in a nearby park while trying to earn a living. "The mother, Debra Harrell, has been booked for unlawful conduct towards a child," a local TV station reports. "The incident report goes into great detail, even saying the mother confessed to leaving her nine-year-old daughter at a park while she went to work."

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Marriage "Masters"

From the Atlantic:

Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the year, about 13,000 American couples will say “I do,” committing to a lifelong relationship that will be full of friendship, joy, and love that will carry them forward to their final days on this earth.

Except, of course, it doesn’t work out that way for most people. The majority of marriages fail, either ending in divorce and separation or devolving into bitterness and dysfunction. Of all the people who get married, only three in ten remain in healthy, happy marriages, as psychologist Ty Tashiro points out in his book The Science of Happily Ever After, which was published earlier this year.

Social scientists first started studying marriages by observing them in action in the 1970s in response to a crisis: Married couples were divorcing at unprecedented rates. Worried about the impact these divorces would have on the children of the broken marriages, psychologists decided to cast their scientific net on couples, bringing them into the lab to observe them and determine what the ingredients of a healthy, lasting relationship were. Was each unhappy family unhappy in its own way, as Tolstoy claimed, or did the miserable marriages all share something toxic in common?

Psychologist John Gottman was one of those researchers. For the past four decades, he has studied thousands of couples in a quest to figure out what makes relationships work. I recently had the chance to interview Gottman and his wife Julie, also a psychologist, in New York City. Together, the renowned experts on marital stability run The Gottman Institute, which is devoted to helping couples build and maintain loving, healthy relationships based on scientific studies.

John Gottman began gathering his most critical findings in 1986, when he set up “The Love Lab” with his colleague Robert Levenson at the University of Washington. Gottman and Levenson brought newlyweds into the lab and watched them interact with each other. With a team of researchers, they hooked the couples up to electrodes and asked the couples to speak about their relationship, like how they met, a major conflict they were facing together, and a positive memory they had. As they spoke, the electrodes measured the subjects' blood flow, heart rates, and how much they sweat they produced. Then the researchers sent the couples home and followed up with them six years later to see if they were still together.

From the data they gathered, Gottman separated the couples into two major groups: the masters and the disasters. The masters were still happily together after six years. The disasters had either broken up or were chronically unhappy in their marriages. When the researchers analyzed the data they gathered on the couples, they saw clear differences between the masters and disasters. The disasters looked calm during the interviews, but their physiology, measured by the electrodes, told a different story. Their heart rates were quick, their sweat glands were active, and their blood flow was fast. Following thousands of couples longitudinally, Gottman found that the more physiologically active the couples were in the lab, the quicker their relationships deteriorated over time.

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MR

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Taping Divorces

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

It gave Johnson an idea: Why not broadcast divorce court proceedings?

"I said, ‘This is fantastic!’ " Johnson told The Tribune. "Our courts are public, and the public should know more about the courts."

The Salt Lake City-based family law attorney said his intention has always been to educate and inform — a goal, he said, that falls in line with the stated purpose of the rule allowing cameras in courtrooms.

But court administrators, judges and commissioners have questioned the lawyer’s motives and denied his requests. They also propose to change a rule.

Rather than the onus being on judges to justify why cameras should be banned from a particular court proceeding, the proposed rule states that the person applying to record a family law proceeding must prove to the judge why they ought to be allowed in.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

NJ Court Upholds Permanent Alimony

A NJ appellate court upholds a permanent alimony award here.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Prenup Joke

A funny story on prenups from the satircal Onion is here.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Time 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.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Fining Parents in England For...

From the Guardian:

Teachers should confront "bad parents" and heads should be given powers to fine mothers and fathers who fail to support their children's education, the chief inspector of schools has said.

Sir Michael Wilshaw called for headteachers to be given the authority to impose financial penalties on parents who allow homework to be left undone, miss parents' evenings or fail to read with their children.

The head of the schools watchdog, Ofsted, also said that poverty was too often used as an excuse for educational failure among white working-class families, whose children were often outperformed by those from immigrant communities.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

CA's Court-Aided 1-Day Divorce

From the New York Times:

MARISSA YORK, a real estate broker in Manhattan, used a $50 online do-it-yourself divorce kit when she and her husband of more than nine years decided to part ways. Their breakup was relatively amicable, she said, so she figured they could save money by avoiding lawyers. “We didn’t want to drag it out over months or years,” she said.

But after the courthouse clerk rejected her filing because the document formatting was incorrect, she had the paperwork reviewed by a lawyer, who informed her that if she waited six more months to file, she would be entitled to a portion of her husband’s pension benefits. She ended up paying about $10,000 in legal fees, which was worth it because she received part of the pension, she said. “If I had to do it over, I would hire an attorney immediately,” she said.

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Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

British Parents Must Agree on Child Support or Pay Fee

From BBC:

Thousands of letters are to be sent to single parents in Britain informing them of changes to their child maintenance arrangements.

The government wants parents to agree their child maintenance agreements "amicably" or face a charge.

It said the changes were necessary as the old set-up was costly for taxpayers.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Corporal Punishment in France

From the Local:

France seems no nearer to banning the spanking of children, known as la fessée, after a planned debate in parliament to discuss a proposed bill was halted.

Members of France’s Greens group had put forward an amendment to a new Family Law bill that would have seen an end to la fessée. 

"Legal guardians cannot use corporal punishment or physical violence against children," read the text of the proposal penned by French Greens deputee François-Michel Lambert.

"Violence is never obligatory to assert parental authority," Lambert said, before expressing his confusion over the fact that if "a father slaps his son", in the street people find it "almost normal", but not if it is a woman who is struck.

Lambert said the law would bring France in line with 18 other European countries.

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MR

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