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April 13, 2022 Roundup

Updated: May 12


Family related news included tips for divorced parents regarding: handling their children’s social media use; helping their children feel comfortable in two homes; and navigating the Covid 19 vaccination decision. Also in the news are the reasons behind the declining rate of marriage in China and the rising popularity of the decision of divorced parents to reside under the same roof – at least for a while.


Divorce Is Down in China, but So Are Marriages

Alexandra Stevenson, The New York Times, March 23, 2022

Faced with a soaring divorce rate, the ruling Communist Party in China introduced a rule last year to keep unhappy marriages together by forcing couples to undergo a 30-day “cooling off” period before finalizing a divorce…While officials say a new law has helped save marriages, the bigger challenge in the country’s demographic crisis is that fewer people are getting married in the first place…Many young Chinese people say they would prefer not to get married, as a job becomes harder to find, competition more fierce and the cost of living and raising children less manageable.


Children And Social Media Use In Custody Agreements

Patricia Fersch, Forbes, March 31, 2022

Children’s social media use in child custody agreements and court cases is of recent relevance. If you and your co-parent cannot agree on the age at which your child can use social media, the assistance of a child psychologist, therapist, mediator or parenting coordinator could be helpful.


How to Make Kids Feel at Home in Both Homes After a Divorce

Hanna Ingber, The New York Times, April 1, 2022

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce with children can be saying goodbye to the marital home as it once was and creating a new setup for the kids, whether for a joint custody arrangement or short visits…This article includes many tips for divorcing/divorced parents on how to make the transition as smooth as possible for their children.


Separated but Under the Same Roof

Joanne Kaufman, The New York Times, April 1, 2022

Out of concern for the well-being of their children, the well-being of their finances or both, an increasing number of couples are continuing to share an abode for a considerable period after they split up…Though most couples, who choose this route, do so for the sake of their children, the children may find it all pretty mystifying.


You Want Your Child Vaccinated, but Your Ex Says No

Debra Kamin, The New York Times, April 4, 2022

For some parents who share custody, the Covid vaccine has created a minefield of issues that initial divorce decrees could not have anticipated….Parents who are currently navigating the custody process should be clear with their legal teams if they disagree with the vaccination stance of their ex. They also should be aware what their pediatrician or therapist’s views are on the subject.



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