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December 10, 2019

Recent family-related news included a look how finances relate to the blended family, the toll of the high cost of childcare, mixed feelings in Japan regarding marriage in the LGBTQ community, possible reasons for a drop in the divorce rate in England, and more information about the impact of divorce on children.

4 ways to help blended families navigate finances Sharon Epperson & Fahiemah Al-Ali,, November 23, 2019 Statistics show blended families are on the rise…Navigating the complexities of a blended family can be demanding enough, so couples often put off having the “money talk” — a critical piece of the family financial puzzle. The article offers tips and strategies to help couples in this situation.

Why Child Care Is So Ridiculously Expensive Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, November 26, 2019 “Child care in America has become ludicrously expensive. The average cost of a full-time child-care program in the U.S. is now $16,000 a year—and more, in some states, than tuition at a flagship university.”… “The deep irony of the high cost of U.S. child care is that the very thing that is bankrupting parents today should represent, to the federal government, a grand-slam investment in the country’s future.”

Japan’s Support for Gay Marriage Is Soaring. But Can It Become Law? Ben Dooley, The New York Times, November 27, 2019 Japan is being pulled in two directions as it experiences a “boom” in L.G.B.T. awareness but also remains committed to a sometimes inflexible traditional culture.

Children of divorce are sticking at marriage, as ONS reveals divorce rate fallen to lowest for almost 50 years Gabriella Swerling, The Telegraph, November 29, 2019 Zahra Pabani, family law partner at Irwin Mitchell said: “If divorce rates are dropping because of genuine happiness and relationships working out, then that is fantastic and should be lauded…On the other hand, children of divorce may have seen their parents go through a traumatic time when they were younger, either with the financial pressure divorce creates or the emotional devastation it can cause for a family. They may think these are strong enough reasons for avoiding divorce, but putting themselves first is key.” ‘I haven’t seen a healthy version of marriage’: children of divorce on the lasting impact Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, The Guardian, December 7, 2019 First it was taboo, now it’s commonplace- this article explores how the Divorce Reform Act has shaped family life over the past 50 years. Even though divorce is so common now, its impact on children and their emotional wellbeing can sometimes be downplayed. Yet almost every child of divorce interviewed for this article acknowledges that it has shaped the way they see the world.

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