• Lesley Friedland and the FamilyKind Team

January 14, 2019



Recent family-related news included tips from two divorced divorce lawyers, Britain no longer requires women rescued from their forced marriage to repay the government for expenses, an interview about the divorce process in Niger, a popular divorce lawyer’s thoughts about divorce in South Africa, and the founders of Amazon seek divorce.


Two Lawyers Better After Their Own Divorce, but Still Together Louise Rafkin, The New York Times, January 3, 2019 “Divorces can look like marriages, and marriages can look like divorces,” he said. “Focus on the human issues because the legal issues — income, property and child support — are formulaic. If you have children, minimize their exposure to adult issues,” she said. “All a kid wants to know is that everything is going to be OK. Be a rock even if you don’t feel like one.”


U.K. Drops Demand that Women Forced into Marriage Pay for Rescue Benjamin Mueller, The New York Times, January 10, 2019 British women forced into marriages abroad will no longer be required to repay the government for the cost of helping them escape, according to the foreign secretary, reversing a policy that touched off intense public outrage. Instead, the government will use court orders to try to recover expenses for parts of the women’s rescue, like flights home and short-term shelter, from the people who sent them abroad — often their parents. If those efforts are unsuccessful, the Foreign Office will cover the costs itself.


More Women in Niger Take Control of Their Marriages, Seek Divorces Rachel Martin interviews Dionne Searcey, West Africa bureau chief for The New York Times, NPR, January 11, 2019 In Niger, divorce court takes place on public sidewalks out in the open. Dionne Searcey, the West Africa bureau chief for The New York Times, has seen one in action. Today, more women in Muslim-majority Niger are showing up at these courts, having triggered their own divorce. This is part of a larger movement in West Africa, women taking control of their marriages and their relationships.


January is Divorce Month – But Cyril Ramaphosa’s Celebrity Lawyer Says Wait Until March Helena Wasserman, Business Insider SA, Jan 11, 2019 A review of divorce law and a look at divorce through the eyes of a well known divorce lawyer in South Africa.


Who is MacKenzie Bezos? Jonah Engel Bromwich and Alexandra Alter, The New York Times, January 12, 2019 A Twitter statement signed “Jeff & MacKenzie,” shares their sentiments about their upcoming divorce: “After a period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends.” The couple, who have four children, wrote that they see “wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures.”


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