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June 3, 2018

Recent family-related news included a new British television series about divorce, rising up after adversity due to death and divorce, a deep dive into marital splits in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, a look at marital break-ups in China, and tips on helping to ease the pain of divorce.

The Split Explores the Price and Permutations of Breaking Up John Powers, NPR, May 22, 2018 The price and permutations of breaking up are the theme of The Split, a sleek new British series showing on Sundance TV. Created by Abi Morgan, this six-part show centers around members of the Defoe family, high-end lawyers specializing in marital issues whose own private lives are as furtive and messy as the cases they’re handling.

The Gift of a Box Full of Darkness Steven Petrow, The New York Times, May 24, 2018 At the bottom of my box — after two deaths and a divorce — I had found the gift of gratitude. Day in and day out I’ve witnessed its magic, its ability to transform a dark heart into a brighter one.

When Living Your Truth Can Mean Losing Your Children Sharon Otterman, The New York Times, May 25, 2018 When divorce agreements inked in Jewish courts are disputed, the matter is often brought to civil court, where secular judges can be asked to enforce their terms. Sometimes, particularly when one parent has decided to leave ultra-Orthodoxy, this can lead to personal religious matters being placed under a microscope as a judge seeks to determine whether the parents are honoring their original agreement.

Want a Divorce in China? You Might Have to Fail a Quiz First Tiffany May, The New York Times, May 30, 2018 The divorce rate in China is rapidly rising, driven largely by working women who feel newly empowered to seek one. But the government is trying to slow the trend, which it sees as a source of social instability… In some parts of China, married couples seeking to split up have been asked to take a quiz issued by the local authorities. The more they knew about each other — including a spouse’s birthday or favorite food — the less likely they were to have the divorce immediately approved.

5 Crucial Steps To Make Your Divorce Less Painful Heather L. Locus, Forbes, June 1, 2018 What is the best way to navigate the potential mine-field of divorce with the least amount of collateral damage? How do you protect yourself? And where do you go from here? The guide in this article many help you through the rocky road ahead.

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