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March 23, 2022 Roundup

Updated: May 12


Recent family related news included a new look at “grey” divorce, an exploration of the difference between divorce relationship coaching and couples therapy and a warning to be on a look out for crypto-romance scammers. Also in the news is a discussion of a movie that addresses a broader concept of “motherhood” and a ruling from a Texas Court temporarily halting the Governor’s policy regarding opening abuse cases investigations into parents who provide hormone or puberty-suppressing drugs to their transgender children.


The Movie That Understands the Secret Shame of Motherhood Shirley Li, The Atlantic, January, 2022 Maggie Gyllenhaal’s adaptation of The Lost Daughter challenges Hollywood's ideas about what women owe to their children — and to themselves.


Crypto Scammers’ New Target: Dating Apps

Kevin Roose, The New York Times, February 21, 2022

Romance scams — the term for online scams that involve feigning romantic interest to gain a victim’s trust — have increased in the pandemic. So have crypto prices. That has made crypto a useful entry point for criminals looking to part victims from their savings.


70s Are the New 50s: How Grey Divorce Differs from a Typical Divorce

Scott Levin, Esq. and Patricia C. Van Haren, American Bar Association, March 9, 2022

Grey Divorce is the term referring to the rising rate in older adults, typically from long-lasting marriages, getting divorced. The term was coined as research showed the phenomenon of the overall divorce rate going down while the “grey-haired” demographic’s rate of late-in-life divorce was on the rise. The 50+ crowd currently makes up a quarter of all divorces and 1 in 10 is 65+. The authors share: “Hiring a mediator for a grey divorce will be the fastest and most cost-effective way to handle the process.”


It’s a Good Time to Be a Relationship Coach

Alix Strauss, The New York Times, March 10, 2022

Whether dating or divorcing, people are turning to coaches for their goal-oriented approach, which can deliver structure and achievements at a time when both may be lacking.


Texas Court Halts Abuse Inquiries Into Parents of Transgender Children

David Goodman, The New York Times, March 11, 2022

Investigations of parents with transgender children for possible child abuse were temporarily halted across Texas on Friday after a state court ruled that the policy, ordered last month by Gov. Greg Abbott, had been improperly adopted and violated the State Constitution…Mr. Abbott’s order, which directed state officials to consider medically accepted treatments for transgender youth — including hormones and puberty-suppressing drugs — as abuse.



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