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July 30, 2018

Recent family-related news included more women making the decision to parent alone, the impact on married couples when women earn more than men, a look at “marriage pacts,” how motherhood is being used to help women get elected to pubic office and a discussion about the best time to get divorced in light of the new tax law.

Single at 38? Have that Baby Emma Brockes, The New York Times, June 23, 2018 Single women now outnumber married women… Women who want children and find themselves single in their late 30s, often find the options remain limited… According to some, the hardest thing about parenting alone isn’t doing it but deciding to do it.

When She Earns More: As Roles Shift, Old Ideas on Who Pays the Bills Shift Tara Siegel Bernard, The New York Times, July 6, 2018 Research from 2016, found that when married heterosexual men weren’t employed full time, their risk of divorce was greater. But as long as they had full-time jobs, men who earned less weren’t at higher risk of divorce. However, another study, from 2016, detected a generational shift: Couples who married in the 1990s or later were at no greater risk of splitting up when a woman out-earned her husband, compared with couples married in the 1960s and 1970s, when a higher-earning wife was more likely to lead to divorce.

If you are 40 and Single, Let’s Get Married. Deal? Hilary Sheinbaum, The New York Times, July 18, 2018 Marriage pacts between friends aren’t induced by passion however, some lead to falling in love, anyway. They are guided by the fear of being alone, according to Lynn Saladino, a clinical psychologist in Manhattan who focuses on relationships.

Moms Running for Office Are Finally Advertising Their Motherhood Annika Neklason, The Atlantic, July 23, 2018 Having kids used to be considered an impediment to getting elected. Now several women running for office are claiming it as a political asset… Susan Carroll, a senior scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, posits that candidates’ motherhood-based presentations of authenticity and outsider status fit the peculiar post-2016 political climate.

Should You Get a Divorce Now or Later? Paul Sullivan, The New York Times, July 27, 2018 The Republican tax law that took effect in January has added a new urgency for wealthy Americans contemplating divorce…Several key changes in the law may determine whether it is better to complete or update a divorce agreement by Dec. 31 or wait until the new year.

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