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January 28, 2019

Recent family-related news included the realization that a marriage ends but the google picture remains constant, the numbers and reasons behind Christmas Day divorce filings in the UK, a look at the messy affair of parenting, support for the pre-nup, and how a bike accident revealed a new husband.

Tracking the Demise of My Marriage on Google Maps Maggie Smith, The New York Times, January 2, 2019 My husband moved out about six weeks ago, marking the end of our nearly 19-year relationship, but Google Maps hasn’t noticed yet… Do I need to explain why? Do I need to say what happened, to whom and by whom?

Christmas Day Divorce: 13 People Completed Online Applications BBC, January 4, 2019 Ammanda Major, from relationship support charity Relate, said her organization typically saw an increase in requests for help in January. “Many people hope that the festive period will be a time of coming together, so when this doesn’t happen the sense of failure and sadness can further exacerbate problems that were there in the first place,” she said.

Parenting Looks Nothing Like What the Experts Say — Everyone’s Winging It, But That’s Not a Bad Thing Hillary Frank, The Atlantic, January 18, 2019 Parenting is as high stakes as it gets — another person’s life is in your hands. And many of us look to gurus for easy step-by-step instructions on how to do it right… But what the “experts” are telling us doesn’t always work. They don’t account for the fact that raising other humans is a messy endeavor. That each child and each parent is an individual with unique experiences and needs and quirks.

Here’s Why Getting a Prenup Could Be the Best Thing for Your Marriage Becky Hughes, Parade, January 24, 2019 HuffPost senior relationships editor Ashley Rockman says that while marriage can certainly be romantic, it is also a contract, which means that it should be approached in the same way you’d approach an auto loan or a mortgage: with serious forethought, attention to detail, and cautionary provisions put into place that might become necessary should circumstances change.

Are You My Husband? Megan Horst, The New York Times, January 25, 2019 The author shares “When I lost my old husband, there was no funeral, no burial, no going through his items to decide what to keep or discard… I simply carried on, missing my husband and occasionally crying among strangers. My new husband isn’t the same person I married, but he has his beauty. I admire so much about him…”

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