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July 7, 2019

Recent family-related news included court cases addressing the future of a couple’s frozen embryos after the couple has split, a personal account of one couple’s commitment to good co-parenting, specifics about the financial impact of divorce, the question of how courts in NYS determine who gets custody of the family dog after divorce and a look at the phenomenon of “slow love”.

After A Divorce, Who Owns The Couple’s Frozen Embryos? Nicole Leonard, NPR, June 4, 2019 Around the country, courts are hearing arguments on how to classify frozen embryos and who should get them in case of divorce. In Connecticut, state Supreme Court justices recently heard from attorneys representing a former husband and wife. He wants to save the embryo; she wants to stick to their contract to destroy any embryos if the couple divorce.

‘It Takes What It Takes to End Something’ Louise Rafkin, The New York Times, June 18, 2019 Over time, with the addition of their one child, the couples’ ideals changed, their connection frayed, and finally broke. Yet despite the challenge of the divorce, the two remain focused on being good parents. Both say that their current relationship is actually better than when they were married.

The financial cost of ending a marriage: 5 steps to stay ahead of post-divorce money mistakes Janet Alvarez, CNBC, June 27 2019 Post-divorce, you’ll likely have to adjust your finances, for a number of reasons: You will now have two separate households, you’ll probably split assets and you may have to rebuild your net worth. The 2018 National Retirement Risk Index shows that most people would need an increase in income of about 30% to maintain their standard of living after separation.

Who Gets Custody of the Dog? Lorraine R. Silverman, New York Law Journal, June 28, 2019 Whether you’re married, engaged or dating, couples often test the compatibility of their relationships by their ability to “co-parent” a treasured family pet. Just like a future child, pets come with emotional, psychological and financial responsibilities that may outlive our relationships. Thanks to the NYS judiciary, pet owners are not without recourse to determine what type of ownership arrangement of their pet is “best for all concerned.”

Should we all take the Slow Road to Love Tara Parker-Pope, New York Times, July 2, 2019 The millennial generation is opting for what the biological anthropologist Helen Fisher calls “slow love.” Studies show that millennials are dating less, having less sex and marrying much later than any generation before them, and a younger generation appears to be following in their footsteps.

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