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December 21, 2022 Roundup

Recent family related news included: the recognition that healthy families come in many different shapes and sizes; tips on surviving couple breakups; reminders about bringing documentation when traveling with children and the devastating effect on children when revenge is used as a weapon in child custody cases.


Flying Alone with Your Kids? Make Sure You Have Proof of Your Relationship

Debra Kamin, The New York Times, November 16, 2022

Recent incidents at airports suggest that carrying your child’s birth certificate, passport or other documents will help mitigate alarming, and often time-consuming, incidents in security. In cases where parents are divorcing or are in a custody dispute, the need to carry documentation is even more urgent because parental custody does not automatically guarantee parents the right to get on an airplane with their children.


Revenge as The Motivator In Child Custody Cases

Patricia Fersch, Forbes, December 1, 2022

The author shared: In our practice of law, specifically litigated child custody cases, we encountered instances of what is described as the “dark triad” resulting in parents purposefully trying to manipulate the court or lying to the court about the other parent with no regard as to how their lying may ultimately impact on their children.


Breakups Always Hurt, but You Can Shorten the Suffering
Three Steps To Get Over Your Ex

Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, December 8, 2022

Knowing your emotional wounds will heal with time after a break-up does not necessarily make sitting through the pain any easier in the early aftermath of an ugly split. However, the author shares that there are a few things you can do to hasten the process of feeling better.


Stand By Your Man? On TV, as in Life, There Are Alternatives

Alexis Soloski, The New York Times, December 9, 2022

As norms around marriage and divorce have evolved over the decades, so have their depictions on television, mostly recently in series like “George & Tammy,” “Better Things” and “The Split.” “There are many ways to be a family,” Orna Guralnik, a psychoanalyst and the star of Showtime’s unscripted series “Couples Therapy,” said in a recent phone interview. “A husband and wife in a particular kind of marriage is just one option.”


Biden Signs Into Law Same-sex Marriage Bill, 10 Years After His Famous Sunday Show Answer On The Issue

MJ Lee, Betsy Klein and Kevin Liptak, CNN, December 13, 2022

President Biden recently signed into law landmark new federal protections for same-sex and interracial couples, the Respect for Marriage Act, capping both a personal and national evolution on an issue that’s enjoyed growing acceptance over the past decade.


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