April 29, 2019
Recent family-related news included optimism about the change in law regarding divorce proceedings in England and Wales, a study concerning an increase in the murder rate in the US by intimate partners, a look at implications of the new federal tax law on divorcing couples, a reading and interview about commitment and polyamory, and research focused on the impact of divorce on adult children.
Divorce Left Me An Emotional Mess Dhruti Shah, BBC News, April 9, 2019 Until recently, in England and Wales, in order for divorce proceedings to start immediately, one spouse had to allege adultery or unreasonable behaviour by the other. However now they will only have to state that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. Emma Sutcliffe, a medical writer from Scarborough and mother-of-two says: “This offers hope for reformation of the family courts too in that people can leave dysfunctional relationships simply, without hideous psychological and emotional scarring as adults, and facilitate stabilisation and better relationships sooner for children.”
Murders by Intimate Partners Are on the Rise, Study Finds Laura M. Holson, The New York Times, April 12, 2019 Homicides in the United States by intimate partners are increasing, driven primarily by gun violence, after almost four decades of decline, according to a recent study looking at gender and homicide.
4 Tax Strategies That Could Make a Divorce Settlement Easier Paul Sullivan, New York Times, April 19, 2019 Divorce negotiations are never easy, and they became more complicated this year. The Republican lawmakers’ sweeping overhaul of the tax code changed many of the calculations that factor into the logistics of divorce.
DaWanda Wise Reads “Talking to My Fiancé About My New Girlfriend” The New York Times, April 24, 2019 On this week’s Modern Love podcast, DeWanda Wise reads “Talking to My Fiancé About My New Girlfriend,” an essay about sexual intimacy, commitment, and polyamory.
The Emotional Toll of Being an Adult and Seeing Your Parents Divorce Julie Halpert, Considerable, April 25, 2019 A near doubling in divorce among those ages 50 and older since the 1990s means it’s becoming increasingly more common for adults to suffer as they see their parents split after many years of marriage. Karen Covy, a divorce lawyer in Chicago, Illinois, says that parents of adult children lean on their kids for emotional support during and after their divorce.
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