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March 18, 2019

Recent family-related news included statistics on the rate of divorce across the United States, a study reporting that the use of technology can be beneficial to the parent-child relationship when parents are divorced, a look at divorce in Saudi Arabia, a look at divorce in the Sikh community, and musings about what makes a relationship work.

Here Are the States Where Your Marriage Won’t Last Deidre McPhillips, U.S. News & World Report, February 11, 2019 Research by sociologists at the University of Washington shows a consistent seasonal spike in divorce filings that begins in January and peaks in March… Generally, married individuals are less likely to get divorced in states where marriage is less common. Which states had the highest divorce rates in the last year?

One Plus of Texting, Social Media: Divorce Made Easier on Kids Serena Gordon, U.S. News & World Report, February 26, 2019 A new study reports a bright side to all that texting and social media — it keeps children connected to their parents after a divorce. The researchers also found that when kids and the parent no longer living at home stayed in contact, it didn’t seem to matter how well the divorcing parents got along… With these forms of communication the child doesn’t get stuck in the middle.

American Woman, Divorced from Saudi Husband is Trapped in Saudi Arabia Ben Hubbard, The New York Times, March 5, 2019 An American from Washington State, taught at a women’s university, started a company, married a Saudi businessman and gave birth to a daughter. But since the marriage fell apart and she sought a divorce, she has been trapped. Because of the kingdom’s … guardianship laws, which give men great power over women, she is unable to use her bank account, leave the country, travel with her daughter or seek legal help, according to the woman’s cousin.

I’m Divorced, So Sikh Men Don’t Want Me Minreet Kaur, BBC, March 15, 2019 “Divorce is shameful in the Sikh community, especially for women. My marriage had been semi-arranged. After my divorce, when I started looking for a new husband, I went to the Hounslow temple to register in its matrimonial book, but what I didn’t know was that, since I was a divorcee, they would only introduce me to divorced men.”

How Do You Know When It Is Time to Break Up? Nasreen Yazdani, The New York Times, March 15, 2019 “There’s a fine line between opposites attract and intractable differences… Sometimes I wonder if relationships are like math problems: You add the pros, subtract the cons, run the numbers and round up to the nearest husband.”

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