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May 2024 Global Roundup

Recent family related news included a major legal shift in Japan regarding joint custody for parents, and in the United States, a 1970s Missouri law prohibiting divorce when a woman is pregnant, is getting push back from the domestic violence community. Also in the news is a look at the struggles of “Millennial Moms”; the launch of a new Instagram grid which serves as a vehicle to announce major life events; and a clarion call regarding the importance of enforcing court orders.

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Gina Cherelus, The New York Times, May 2, 2024

The home of the “hard launch,” the Instagram grid has become the way many people announce their major life updates: a new relationship, an engagement, a marriage. And with the introduction of other features like Instagram Stories, which allows users to post photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours, the weight of the grid has become that much heavier.                                             

Katia Riddle, NPR, May 3, 2024

Missouri law requires women seeking divorce to disclose whether they're pregnant — and state judges won't finalize divorces during a pregnancy. Established in the 1970s, the rule was intended to make sure men were financially accountable for the children they fathered. Advocates in Missouri are now pushing to change this law, arguing that it’s being weaponized against victims of domestic violence and contributes to the contraction of women's reproductive freedoms in a post-Roe v. Wade landscape.

Hannah Seligson, The New York Times, May 11, 2024

Mothers have been exhausted since the beginning of time, but some difficulties are specific to the millennial generation. Millennials are testing what is possible at a moment when more is demanded of them and they are demanding more of themselves.                                                            

Patricia Fersch, Forbes, May 14, 2024

The author advises: If you ignore the other parent’s violations of court orders, they may become emboldened in their defiance and continue to violate more and more of the order’s provisions. You should not ignore repeated violations of court orders as they render the order ineffective.

Kyodo News, All Japan, May 17, 2024

Japan's parliament on Friday passed a bill to introduce joint custody for divorced couples with children, in a landmark change that paves the way for the adoption of a practice widely used in other nations. In the first law change regarding parental authority in 77 years, Japan’s Civil Code will permit divorced parents to choose either sole custody or joint custody, a shift from the current system that has only allowed custody by one parent – usually the mother.

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