Saturday, February 8, 2014

Parental Bias

From the New York Times:

MORE than a decade into the 21st century, we would like to think that American parents have similar standards and similar dreams for their sons and daughters. But my study of anonymous, aggregate data from Google searches suggests that contemporary American parents are far more likely to want their boys smart and their girls skinny.

Read more here.


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Friday, February 7, 2014

Divorce Mediator for Congress

From Politico:

Strange solutions have been proposed before to get members of Congress to get along , but this time, a divorce mediator thinks she could help. —

Carol Bailey has handled family disputes for decades in her work as a lawyer at Seattle’s Integrative Family Law, and she’s applying her vocation to ease Washington’s gridlock.

Read more here.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage in Scotland

From the BBC:

A bill which allows same-sex weddings to take place in Scotland has been passed by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.

MSPs voted by 105 to 18 in favour of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

The Scottish government said the move was the right thing to do but Scotland's two main churches were opposed to it.

The first gay and lesbian weddings could take place this autumn.

Read more here, and another article on the subject is here.


Hat Tip: Elaine Sutherland

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Study on Divorce Among Protestants

From the Huffington Post:

Divorce is higher among religiously conservative Protestants – and even drives up divorce rates for other people living around them, a new study finds.

The study, slated to be published in the American Journal of Sociology, tackles the “puzzling paradox” of why divorce is more common in religiously conservative “red” states. If religious conservatives believe firmly in the value of marriage, why is divorce especially high in places like Alabama and Arkansas?

Read more here.



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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Relative Divorce Rates

From Want China Times:

Taiwan has a higher divorce rate than that registered in Japan and Singapore, according to data released by the country's Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on Tuesday.

In the first 11 months of this year, 49,000 married couples got divorced in Taiwan, equal to an average of 2.3 married couples legally ending their marriages per 1,000 people, the DGBAS data showed.

Read more here.


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Monday, February 3, 2014

Delaying Marriage

From Chicago Tribune:

Hasse and Pace are typical of today's young, educated couples, according to an analysis of women by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

"Instead of marrying, and then finishing their education, saving money and buying homes, couples plan their weddings after they've started building their lives," said Susan Brown, sociology professor at the center. "Marriage is now viewed as a luxury good that we achieve after we get everything else in order." That is the opposite of what couples did a generation year ago.

Today's young people do not consider themselves "marriage material" until they are educated and financially stable, Brown said. Although women with only high school educations or less were just as likely as their educated counterparts to marry from 1940 to 1960, they have been less and less likely since. Only 28 percent of women with less than a high school diploma now marry.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Divorces Rise with Economy

From Emily Alpert Reyes, writing for the LA Times:

Married couples promise to stick together for better or worse. But as the economy started to rebound, so did the divorce rate.

Divorces plunged when the recession struck and slowly started to rise as the recovery began, according to a study to be published in Population Research and Policy Review.

From 2009 to 2011, about 150,000 fewer divorces occurred than would otherwise have been expected, University of Maryland sociologist Philip N. Cohen estimated. Across the country, the divorce rate among married women dropped from 2.09% to 1.95% from 2008 to 2009, then crept back up to 1.98% in both 2010 and 2011.

The National Marriage Project earlier dubbed the drop in divorce "a silver lining" to the Great Recession, arguing that tough times were pulling many husbands and wives closer together. But some couples may have simply put off divorce until they could afford to part, researchers say. The economic uptick may have finally given them the freedom to split.

Read more here, and a response from Philip N. Cohen here.


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Friday, January 31, 2014

Taxes after Divorce

From Forbes:

[T]here is a bit of financial intimacy that is more or less taken for granted.That would be a joint tax return for the final year of the marriage.  It might even be arranged, even prepared, by the half of the couple that had always tended  to it.  I would suggest that, in many circumstances this might be an even worse idea than a post-marital roll in the hay.

Read more here.


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Thursday, January 30, 2014

January is Divorce Month?

A family lawyer writing for the the Huffington Post poses the quesiton whether January is the national divorce month:

January is upon us and the phones are starting to ring. It happens every year in our divorce law practice. It's the same old story: clients dissatisfied with the marital relationships, but not wanting to file for divorce until after the holidays.

Since I began my divorce law practice decades ago, it has never changed. It is like a department store having a sale. People are lining up on the phone to speak with an attorney and make an appointment to get started

Read more here.


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Joshi: "The Trouble with Inclusion"

Yuvraj Joshi has posted his article The Trouble with Inclusion, Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2014, on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

Attempts are being made to include members of excluded groups in societal institutions. Inclusion has been proposed as the solution to the injustice caused by exclusion. Yet, inclusion does not always achieve justice and might sometimes perpetuate injustice. This Article provides a framework for understanding inclusion that may fail to achieve social justice and uses this framework to assess the inclusion of lesbians and gays within marriage (marriage equality) and of women and minorities within organizations (organizational diversity). The former case study examines the legal and social movement for recognizing same-sex marriage while the latter engages a range of contemporary debates, including workplace diversity, gays in the military, women in armed combat and gender mainstreaming at the UN. Each shows that inclusion is less likely to achieve social justice where it misconstrues injustice, maintains the status quo, decouples from justice, legitimizes the institution or rationalizes injustice.


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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

KS Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

From the ABA Journal:

William Marotta didn't intend to be a father when he responded to a Craigslist ad for a sperm donor in 2009, and the two women who sought one didn't want that result, either.

But, because they didn't have a physician perform the artificial insemination procedure, the written waiver of his parental rights that all parties agreed to doesn't comply with the requirements of a Kansas state statute, a judge ruled Wednesday in the Shawnee County District Court case. That means Marotta is officially the father of a child conceived by one of the women using his sperm and owes child support, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

The issue came to the court's attention when the Kansas Department for Children and Families sued Marotta for support in 2012. The state sought to have Marotta declared the child's father so that he can be held responsible for $6,000 that the state has already provided as well as for future child support. The state said Marotta's contract with the two women in which he waived his parental rights and responsibilities is invalidated by a 1994 state law.

Read more here.


Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Easier Divorce in France?

From Huffington Post:

France is considering a plan to allow divorces by mutual consent to proceed without a judge, simplifying a process that some critics say is already too easy.

Read more here.


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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Divorce Ends Marriage...Truism?

From the Independent:

A British woman attempted to sue her former lawyers for professional negligence, claiming that, alongside a number of other allegations, they failed to advise that finalising divorce proceedings would inevitably cause her marriage to end.

Read more here.


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Friday, January 24, 2014

More Alimony Recipients are Men

From Money News:

Divorce attorneys across the country are seeing a rise in men asking ex-wives for spousal support, also known as alimony.

Up-to-date numbers are hard, if not impossible, to come by. According to 2010 Census records, of the 400,000 people receiving spousal support, only 3 percent were men. Last year, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers surveyed its 1,600 members and found that 47 percent had noticed an increase in the number of women who are paying alimony.

Still, as women increasingly become the chief breadwinners, and with the rise of stay-at-home fathers, that 3 percent number is likely to rise, if it hasn't already.

Read more here.


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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Australia Moves to 50/50 Divorce Division

From Family Law Week:

A landmark judgment in the Family Court of Australia has allowed an appeal by a wife and granted her 50% of the matrimonial assets.

Read more here.


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cohabitation Claue

From Inside Higher Ed:

The new Alabama State University president’s contract comes with strings attached -- to her love life.

Gwendolyn Boyd is coming back to her alma mater from Johns Hopkins University to shepherd Alabama State through a rough patch involving a damning audit aimed at the university. Boyd’s new contract is pretty standard -- $300,000 a year, a car and the presidential residence -- except she can’t have lovers staying overnight for an extended period of time.

Boyd, who is single, said she didn’t have a lawyer when she signed the contract but has no problem with the language.

“I do live alone, so it was not problematic for me,” she said.

But the phrasing may be illegal nonetheless, said Raymond Cotton, a Washington lawyer who has negotiated several hundred presidential contracts. Cotton, who represents boards and presidents alike, said he's never seen such language in any public or private college president’s contract.

Read more here.


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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January Divorce Month

From CNN:

There was that distant-feeling New Year's kiss at midnight. Valentine's Day, a holiday based on setting hearts aflutter, was full of awkward pauses and glances over soufflé at the person you used to love. Come March, it's time to turn over a new leaf.

In recent years, January has earned the nickname "Divorce Month" -- a less appealing title than National Pet Month (May) or National Honey Month (September), though divorce can surely be both hairy and sticky.

While marital psychologists and divorce lawyers say January's more accurate description would be "I'm Starting to Research My Options Month," they agree there is some accuracy in the nomenclature.

Read more here.


Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Interview with BU Law Professor McClain

From  Rev. Amy Ziettlow, writing for the Huffington Post:

As legalization of same-sex marriage spreads to one-third of states including the recent vote in New Mexico and ruling in Utah and in Oklahoma, our understanding of marriage in general expands and thus our understanding of parenthood and family potentially expand as well. 

As part of the Institute for American Values' "New Marriage Conversation," both David Blankenhorn and I interviewed Linda McClain, Boston University law professor, known for her work in family law and feminist legal theory. In these conversations, we explore how the place of marriage, class, and parenthood are intricately intertwined in society. While the collective conversation in recent years has been dominated by the marriage equality debate (and rightly so), the time to consider the nuances of how marriage rights and responsibilities relate to a growing class divide and the journey to and in parenthood is now. You can watch the full interview below or click on the podcast link for an edited, 50-minute version.

Read more, and see the interview, here.


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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Introducing the Weekend Divorce

From the Chicago Tribune:

Breaking up is hard to do—even when both husband and wife are ready to bring their marriage to an end. As a result, divorce can often be financially devastating and time consuming.

Against that backdrop, attorneys Sandra Young and Brian Garvey have developed an innovative antidote that is believed to be the first of its kind anywhere: “The Weekend Divorce.”

A centerpiece of their streamlined approach is booking a hotel conference room for two days and negotiating every detail of the divorce agreement and signing all documents by the time the couple leaves on Sunday. Both attorneys assess a flat fee for their services.

Read more here.


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Friday, January 17, 2014

New Documentary on Divorce


A new documentary is opening this week in Atlanta and 15 other cities around the nation called 'Divorce Corp.' The film, narrated by television psychotherapist Dr. Drew Pinsky, presents information about how the industry of divorce has destroyed families and individuals across the nation.

Read more here.


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