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June 3, 2019

Recent family-related news included two articles filled with free divorce advice, information on marriage “trafficking” in Asian countries, research on how participation in team sports can aid people who have experienced adverse childhood experiences, and a new podcast addressing “matrescence.”

Divorce Advice (And It Won’t Cost You a Thing) Louise Rafkin, The New York Times, April 24, 2019 Divorce can be financially and emotionally costly… The bulk of these expenses are for lawyer fees. But family lawyers say there are ways to keep costs down, and maybe minimize your heartache, too…

How to Have a Good Divorce: 5 Tips to Smooth the Path Ahead Michael V. Fancher, Divorce Magazine, May 27, 2019 Your divorce is more than a legal proceeding. Whether you decide to engage a mediator, pursue collaboration, or go the traditional litigation route, the divorce process may at times be difficult and tiresome. However, there are some things you to make the journey somewhat smoother.

She Thought She Married a Rich Chinese Farmer. She Hadn’t. Salman Masood and Amy Qin, The New York Times, May 27, 2019 Arranged marriages are fairly common in Pakistan. In recent weeks, Pakistan has been rocked by charges that at least 150 women were brought to China as brides under false pretenses — not only lied to, but in some cases forced into prostitution… Human Rights Watch said last month that the trafficking allegations were “disturbingly similar” to past patterns in which women from other poor Asian countries — North Korea, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam — were brought to China as brides and subjected to abuse.

Playing Teen Sports May Protect From Some Damages Of Childhood Trauma Susie Neilson, NPR, May 28, 2019 Participation in team sports as a young person can significantly reduce the long-term likelihood of depression and anxiety for people who have experienced childhood trauma. (Divorce or separation of a parent is considered an adverse childhood experience, ACE). But according to experts, the growing cost of youth team sports means that they can be off-limits to those who may need them most, kids living in poverty.

On Motherhood and ‘This One Thing That People Don’t Share’ Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times, May 31, 2019 “Motherhood Sessions,” a new podcast hosted by a psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks who specializes in issues surrounding pregnancy and parenthood, is in many ways a show about the drama of “matrescence” (named for the hormone-addled transitions of pregnancy and parenthood). Its focus is on the mother’s experience, said Sacks: “Not how to care for a child, how to care for a woman.”

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