• Lesley Friedland and the FamilyKind Team

June 24, 2020 Roundup



Recent family-related news included China’s new mandatory “cooling off” period prior to seeking a divorce, a look at divorce statistics in various US cities, tips to parents on how to talk with your children about your divorce, suggestions for white parents on how to talk to their children about racism and a look at matrimonial law during this pandemic.

Mandatory divorce ‘cooling-off’ period sparks anger in China AFP, May 28, 2020 Chinese couples seeking a divorce must first complete a month-long “cooling-off” period according to a new law passed Thursday that sparked outrage over state interference in private relationships…The provision that requires couples filing for separation to wait for a month before their request can be processed — in a bid to reduce divorce rates — sparked widespread opposition when lawmakers first sought feedback last year…The cooling-off period will not apply if one spouse is seeking divorce following domestic violence.

Divorce rate: These cities have the highest, and lowest, rates of divorce across the US Hristina Byrnes 24/7, USA Today, May 29, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of life, including spousal relationships. A spike in the divorce rate in China, Europe, and other places that have endured long periods of isolation could be a warning of what’s to come in the US…

Everything You Need To Know About Getting A Divorce While Raising Kids Mara Santilli, Women’s Health magazine, June 1, 2020 The children need to know you’re still a family…The main way to weather the situation is with clear communication about how your lives will move forward, including an in-depth talk with your partner regarding the logistics of the living and parenting situation first, experts say.

How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race Michel Martin, NPR, June 4, 2020 Most people have heard about “the talk” — the conversation many African American parents have with their kids about how to avoid altercations with police or what to do and say if they’re stopped.The recent unrest sparked by anger over police brutality against African Americans has parents who aren’t black thinking more about how they talk to their kids about race. Michel Martin, weekend host of All Things Considered, spoke with Jennifer Harvey, author of “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America.”

In the Wake of Coronavirus, What’s Next for Matrimonial Law? John Teufel, The New York Law Journal, June 19, 2020 With the state slowly reopening, the legal community must confront the complications that have arisen from the shutdown. As family law attorneys review their cases and consider what comes next, this article discusses questions the courts, lawyers, and perhaps legislators will need to answer in the months to come…Clients want answers, and it will be up to judges and lawyers together to rebuild and re-center a system that has been sharply disrupted.


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