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January 21, 2019

Recent family-related news included thoughts on taking your spouse’s name, tips on how to have an amicable divorce, a look at how the 2019 tax laws affect divorce, a memoir exploring what it means to be family, and will the Bezos’ divorce affect Amazon’s shareholder’s bottom line?

Myself, by Any Other Name Pari Berk, The New York Times, January 11, 2019 The author shares her thoughts about changing her name: “Jack, my partner of six and a half years, had long observed that I hadn’t wholly let go of my ex. He was right, evidenced by the fact that I had kept his name. In the midst of my cancer recurrence, Jack and I married… The irony is, I never once considered taking Jack’s last name.”

How to Get Divorced Without Hating Your Ex or Tearing Your Family Apart Lisa Bonos, The Washington Post, January 14, 2019 “I don’t like the idea of holding children hostage to money,” attorney Krauss-Browne says. “Your kids are the things you love more than words can describe.” If both parents know when they’re going to see their kids and that they’re going to have a voice in their lives, it makes the money issues easier to deal with, she says.

January is Divorce Month, and This Year Brings New Tax Rules for Couples Who Split Up Tanza Loudenback, Business Insider, January 15, 2019 January is unofficially known as “divorce month,” and 2019 brings new tax rules for couples who separate this year. The GOP tax law was passed in December 2017, but it has taken some time for certain laws to come into play. One such law changes the way spousal support, or alimony, payments are taxed and deducted.

Dani Shapiro’s New Memoir Uncovers a Life Ruth Franklin. The New York Times, January 15, 2019 Many children of sperm (and egg) donors grow up fulfilled and content, nurtured by the love of the parents who raise them and uninterested in seeking out their biological relatives. And for many children genetic bonds aren’t sufficient to maintain connection to parents who are abusive or neglectful.

Why Jeff Bezos’ Divorce Should Worry Amazon Investors James B. Stewart, New York Times, January 18, 2019 Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, may be the first billionaire couple with a huge stake in an enormous technology company to announce their divorce. “Most divorces start out contentious and end contentious,” said Samantha Bley DeJean, a matrimonial lawyer in San Francisco, who has worked with many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs… “When they start out amicably, you hold out some hope that they’ll stay that way, but in my experience it only gets worse.”

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