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May 21, 2018

Recent family-related news included the difficulty of obtaining a divorce for a domestic violence survivor in New York State, a look at the division of household work before and after having children, Delaware becomes the first state to ban child marriage under the age of 18, England and Wales are looking to eliminate the current “grounds” for divorce, and finally a video instructing parents about the importance of healthy arguing in front of their kids.

Husbands Abused Them. Should Divorce be Easy? Zoe Greenberg, The New York Times, May 11, 2018| When a domestic violence survivor seeks a divorce in NYS, she will most likely be faced with at least three obstacles: the sometimes-prohibitive costs of a private attorney; a legally complex Supreme Court that makes it very difficult to represent oneself; and the fact that the abused party, in most circumstances, must track down her spouse to serve him divorce papers.

They Divide Chores Much More Evenly, Until They Become Parents, New Research Shows Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times, May 16, 2018 “Once you have children, it starts to almost pressure the couple into this kind of division of labor, and we’re seeing this now even in same-sex couples,” said Robert-Jay Green, professor emeritus at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. “Circumstances conspire on every level to get you to fall back in this traditional role.”

Delaware Has Banned Marriage Under Age 18. Other States Also Consider Limits Amy Harmon and Alan Blinder, The New York Times, May 17, 2018 State lawmakers across the country are moving to raise the minimum age to marry, out of growing concern that lax marriage laws may be contributing to sex trafficking and to children being forced to marry against their will…At least 20 states have no minimum age set by statute at this point.

Supreme Court Divorce Approval Sought by ‘Unhappy Wife’ BBC News, May 17, 2018 Currently the Grounds for divorce in England and Wales are: Adultery, Unreasonable behaviour, Desertion, Living apart for more than two years with both agreeing to the divorce, Living apart for at least five years, even if your husband or wife disagrees. There is now a movement afoot to change this.

Why You Should Argue in Front of Your Kids The Atlantic, May, 2018 Adam Grant, an Organizational Psychologist from the Wharton School, created a video explaining why parents should, in fact, argue in front of their kids.

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