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December 2, 2017

Recent family-related news included a photo essay on intermarriage of a sort, coverage of a court case involving a woman in a same sex marriage seeking rights to a child born during the marriage, a look at a custody battle with constitutional overtones, data revealing that the number of foster children in the United States is rising and the number of available foster homes is decreasing and finally a look at punishment for those still attempting “instant divorce” in India.

Americans Who Married Into Royalty CNN, November 27, 2017 Americans who have married into international royal families are pictured in this photo essay.

Mississippi Woman Seeks Parental Rights in Same-Sex Divorce Jeff Amy, AP, abcNews, November 29, 2017 A woman asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to award her parental rights to the child her ex-wife had given birth to, arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court had ordered equality for same-sex couples when it authorized same sex marriage nationwide in 2015.

Muslim Father Accused in Custody Battle of Radicalizing Son, Court Docs Say Athena Jones, CNN, November 29, 2017\ A child custody battle in New York City is raising questions about freedom of speech and religion. Nabila Albarghouthy, a naturalized American citizen and a practicing Muslim, claims that her ex-husband has been indoctrinating their child with extremist ideology and is seeking sole custody of her now 11-year-old son — a claim he denies.

Number Of American Children in Foster Care Increases for 4th Consecutive Year Richard Gonzales, NPR, November 30, 2017 A new government report says the number of children in the U.S. foster care system has increased for the fourth year in a row, due largely to an uptick in substance abuse by parents. In a recent report by the Chronicle of Social Change, a nonprofit publication, finds that as the number of American children in foster care increases, there is a concurrent shortfall in the number of foster homes to accommodate them.

Triple Talaq: India Considers Jail for ‘Instant Divorce’ BBC News, December 2, 2017 Husbands who attempt “instant divorce” could be sentenced to three years in prison under draft legislation being considered in India. The traditional practice involves a Muslim man saying “talaq” (divorce) three times — in any form, including email or text message. It was declared unconstitutional by India’s Supreme Court in August, but officials say it has continued since. The proposed law also provides for fines and support for affected women.

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