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March 10, 2020

Recent family-related news included a look at marital happiness in relation to household work, advice from couples on how to navigate away from traditional roles and expectations, findings about the benefits of being single, a story of a famous couple who decided to act on Broadway together for the first time after being married for 24 years and a new app in England helps couples divorce without lawyers.

How to Make Your Marriage Gayer Stephanie Coontz, The New York Times, February 13, 2020 Sharing domestic tasks has become an increasingly important component of marital stability and lack of sharing an increasingly powerful predictor of conflict…Same-sex spouses feel more satisfied with their partners than heterosexual ones…

In Marriage, It’s Not About the Dishes. It’s About Respect Rachel L. Harris and Lisa Tarchak, The New York Times, February 14, 2020 Readers share tips for avoiding the pitfalls of gender stereotypes in relationships.

Being single isn’t a bad thing. In fact, many women prefer it Hilary Sheinbaum, The New York Times, February 16, 2020 Despite the increasing number of dating apps, matchmakers, and love advice designed to facilitate romantic connections, many women are opting out of relationships. Instead of moping over singledom or aggressively trying to find partners with arbitrary deadlines in mind, they are declaring to be happily unmarried and proudly find solace in living solo.

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker Spend the Night Together Amanda Hess, The New York Times, March 2, 2020 In the 24 years since Parker and Broderick got engaged, married, and had three children they did not act together. In Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” they are playing three different couples — and are seeing more of one another than ever.

The friends helping people divorce without lawyers Jill Martin Wrenn,, March 2, 2020 …The idea is that Amicable helps and guides couples on agreeing and drafting a divorce settlement that they (the couple) then take to a family law judge in England and Wales for the divorce to be granted…Estranged couples can use the app and website to liaise with an artificial intelligence “chatbot”, or speak to human divorce coach by telephone.

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