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January 7, 2019

Recent family-related news included tips on how to have better relationships, the reality of the new tax law and its effect on divorcing couples, a look at how the media has recently interpreted the concept of “dad,” the reality that gay marriage could be in jeopardy in Brazil, and a look at the incidence of “broken adoptions” when adoptive families do not get the help they need when children have serious mental illnesses.

6 Ways to Have Better Relationships in 2019 Smarter Living Editors, The New York Times, December 26, 2018 According to the authors, even if the foundation of your relationship has long been built on trial and error, a relationship is nothing more than small growths and achievements, marked by the occasional misstep. The Smarter Living team has culled a few tips from their archive to help people grow in that new relationship, rekindle an old flame or turn a breakup into a positive experience.

How the Tax Laws for Divorce Will Turn Upside Down in 2019 Making Sen$e, PBS NewsHour, December 27, 2018 Aside from the normal emotions of a broken relationship and family, there’s the paperwork, the attorneys, the courts and the money. New tax changes that just took effect in this month could add a significant amount of stress to divorcing. The authors have compiled information that could be helpful to people divorcing in 2019 and beyond.

Year of the Daddy Bonnie Wertheim, The New York Times, December 28, 2018 A look at the concept of “daddy” as seen through the modern media… The narrative, of male self-interrogation and self-improvement, aligns with a broader paternal revisionism that has permeated visual media in recent years.

Gay Couples Rush to Wed Before Brazil’s New President Takes Office Shasta Darlington, The New York Times, December 29, 2018 Gay marriage has been legal in Brazil since 2013, but with the triumph of Jair Bolsonaro as president — a far-right politician who once declared “I’m homophobic, with pride” — things have changed. “There could be attempts to make same-sex marriage illegal, but the Constitution will prevail,” said José Fernando Simão, a professor of civil rights and family law at the University of São Paulo. “It’s natural for there to be concern. This is a community that has been ultra-marginalized in the past.”

To Get Mental Health Help for a Child, Desperate Parents Relinquish Custody Christine Herman, NPR, January 2, 2019 Even when families have private insurance through the parents’ jobs, and a child has Medicaid coverage because he was adopted, often neither insurance would pay for extensive mental health treatment. Beth Stroul, who has been studying the problem of custody relinquishment for decades is the lead researcher on a new study — commissioned by the federal government and carried out by the University of Maryland — that explores why the problem persists to this day… Stroul says states, including Georgia and New Jersey, have passed laws and stepped up efforts to help children get treatment while in parental custody.

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