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August 6, 2018

Recent family-related news included passage of New Zealand’s progressive law regarding survivors of domestic violence, information about child marriage in Malaysia, how student loans cause stress in a marriage, the benefits of having a pre-nup and finally Cuomo’s reaction to a recent denial of a marriage license to a same sex couple in NYS.

A Huge Win: New Zealand Brings In Paid Domestic Violence Leave The Guardian, July 26, 2018 New Zealand has passed legislation granting victims of domestic violence 10 days paid leave to allow them to leave their partners, find new homes and protect themselves and their children. At present the only country other than New Zealand to have passed such a law at national level is the Philippines, whose Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 includes provision for victims to take up to 10 days’ special leave.

11 and Married: Malayasia Spars Over an Age-Old Practice Hannah Beech, The New York Times, July 29, 2018 Malaysian child rights activists said that about 15,000 girls under 15 were in child marriages in 2010. Globally, Unicef estimates that there are about 650 million girls and women of various faiths who were wed before they turned 18.

1 in 8 Divorces is Caused by Student Loans Jessica Dickler, CNBC, July, 27 2018 In general, finances are the leading cause of stress in a relationship, according to a study by SunTrust Bank, but student debt takes a particularly hard toll on a marriage. According to a recent report from Student Loan Hero, a website for managing education debt, more than a third of borrowers said college loans and other money factors contributed to their divorce.

Pre-Nuptial Agreements: A Hedge for Happily Ever After Rob Clarfeld, Forbes, July 30, 2018 While most people enter marriage with the utmost of optimism, “forever” is not always the outcome. The statistics reveal that close to half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce… Advocates of prenuptial agreements stress that pre-nups allow individuals to protect themselves financially with a prearranged, legally binding agreement between spouses.

Cuomo Opens Investigation into Denial of Marriage License to Gay Couple Tyler Pager, The New York Times, August 2, 2018 After a same-sex couple was denied a marriage license in New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has not only opened an investigation into the case, he has offered to officiate the couple’s wedding in Albany. “The town has an obligation to make sure that a same-sex couple is treated in the same fashion as a different sex couple,” said Alphonso David, the governor’s counsel.

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