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May 11, 2021 Roundup

Recent family-related news included a couple in Taiwan who chose to get married, divorced and married several times to avail themselves of workplace paid marriage leave benefits; a woman planning to run through NYS in a wedding dress to raise awareness for narcissistic domestic violence and the Gates’ “gray divorce”. Other family news included how Covid-19 might impact custody law in theUnited States and a look at platonic marriages.

Tiffany May and Amy Chang Chien, The New York Times, Updated May 7, 2021

Marriage leave was introduced in Taiwan as part of other employment benefits, such as public holidays and paid time off for illness and bereavement, when the island’s labor laws were established in 1984. The Taiwanese marriage leave provision is fairly unique among other nations and does not impose quotas on those who can claim it, nor does it restrict how frequently employees could take the leave.

Patricia Fersch, Forbes, May 4, 2021

The author explains: “As can be seen throughout human history, societal changes (industrial revolution, women entering the work force) and child development (maternal attachment theory, role of fathers) influenced child custody. Covid-19 may well provide the biggest push towards joint custody.”

Joelle Goldstein,, May 4, 2021

A woman is setting out to raise awareness for narcissistic domestic abuse by running a nearly 300-mile journey across New York — and she’ll be doing it all in a wedding dress…She’s taking on the challenge to raise awareness for narcissistic domestic abuse after experiencing it firsthand.

Opinion by John Duffy, CNN, Thursday, May 6, 2021

Mr. Duffy writes: “Years ago, the vast majority of my client couples who weren’t happy in their relationship chose to remain married out of convenience or routine, or even a sense of familiarity. Over the past few years, many are deliberately choosing to part ways.”

Danielle Braff, The New York Times, May 7, 2021

Some people are taking their friendships to the next level by saying “I do” to marriages without sex…“A platonic marriage is a deep bond and lifelong commitment to a nesting partner you build a shared life with,” said Indigo Stray Conger, a sex and relationship therapist in Denver.

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