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June 23, 2019

Recent family-related news included a revolutionary divorce bill making its way through the British Parliament, pondering the question: “who is a father’, a sperm donor unites all of his “donor” children, tips on what to discuss when getting married to try to stave off divorce and words of wisdom from financial experts about the importance of healthy communication with your co-parent regarding money issues when divorcing.

Divorce Law Shake-Up Tabled in Commons BBC News, 13 June 2019 The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill introduced in England and Wales is the biggest shake-up of divorce laws in 50 years…If the bill passes, spouses will only have to state that the marriage has broken down irretrievably and it would also stop one partner from refusing a divorce…The government says the bill has cross-party support and expects its passage through Parliament will be smooth.

My Three Grandfathers Liesl Schillinger, The Atlantic, June 16, 2019 “Mama was in her 70s before she discovered the true story of her conception…” Lesson learned: “The man who raises you with love is your real father; but if there is a man who allowed that man to become a father, I believe he deserves a place of honor in the family tree as well.”

The Man With 17 Kids (And Counting) Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, June 17, 2019 After becoming a sperm donor, Tim Gullicksen wanted to get to know his donor kids so he invites them all out to a lake in California every summer. The kids are 18 to 25 years old now, and some have been coming to Bass Lake for a decade.

5 Things Soon-To-Be-Married Couples Can Learn from Divorced Couples Ariel Mandell, Becky Worley and Joel Lyons, GMA, June 19, 2019 Nearly half of the couples who get married, get divorced. The reasons for untying the knot are plentiful, from a lack of commitment, to complacency, to bad communication, to long-term incompatibility. This article lays out some discussion topics for you and your partner to tackle before saying “I do” — and some tips to consider if your relationship does end in divorce.

How Co-Parents Can Stay on the Same Financial Page Mallika Mitra, CNBC, June 20, 2019 About 40% to 50% of married couples in the U.S. divorce, according to the American Psychological Association. A divorce decree, which makes the termination of a marriage official, usually spells out the co-parents’ designated responsibilities. Certified financial planner Stacy Francis, president and CEO of Francis Financial in New York, said it should be used as the “recipe” for your communication.

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