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April 15, 2019

Recent family-related news included a look at the dangers of “money silence”, the history and evolution of online dating sites, the abolition of “fault divorce” in parts of the United Kingdom, the rising numbers of couples being married by a friend, and a baby born to three parents in Greece.

Don’t Let Money Woes Silence You After a Divorce. Take These Steps to Get a Plan in Place Lorie Konish, CNBC, April 5, 2019 If you’re divorced, you know that your financial life has changed. However, one key indicator — how willing you are to talk to family about money — shows just how much your finances and relationships can be upended.

Recruiting Women to Online Dating Was a Challenge David Kushner, The Atlantic, April 6, 2019 In the fall of 1994, Gary Kremen was working toward launching the first dating site online,…No one had done this, so he had to start from scratch, drawing on instinct and his own dating experience.

Divorce Laws in England and Wales Are to be Overhauled so Couples Can Split Faster and, Hoped, with Less Acrimony BBC News, April 9, 2019 Under current rules, one spouse has to allege adultery or unreasonable behaviour by the other for divorce proceedings to start straight away. In the future, they will only have to state that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. Justice Secretary David Gauke said overhauling divorce law could help prevent conflict between parents, which in turn risk damaging their children’s futures.

Why More Couples Are Getting Married by a Friend Rainesford Stauffer, The Atlantic, April 10, 2019 According to Ellen Lamont, a sociologist at Appalachian State University who researches gender, dating, and family, there are multiple reasons why the best-friend-turned-officiant trend is growing, and why it might continue… “The expectations for marriage have shifted, and sociologists refer to this as kind of a ‘deinstitutionalization’ of marriage,” Lamont explains. “The social norms that guided marriage have become more negotiable, flexible, and individualized.”

‘Three-Person’ Baby Boy Born in Greece James Gallagher, BBC News, 11 April 2019 Fertility doctors in Greece and Spain say they have produced a baby from three people in order to overcome a woman’s infertility. The experimental form of IVF uses an egg from the mother, sperm from the father, and another egg from a donor woman. It was developed to help families affected by deadly mitochondrial diseases which are passed down from mother to baby. Some experts in the UK say the procedure raises ethical questions.

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