• Lesley Friedland and the FamilyKind Team

May 24, 2021 Roundup


Recent family-related news included a look at new rights for children born via IVF or surrogacy outside of the United States and a steep decline in the divorce rate in China after a “cooling off” period is imposed. Other news centered on different aspects of the Gates’ divorce and a matrimonial attorney shares some important tips on how to protect a child’s right to financial support when the custodial parent is divorcing a narcissist.


The Gates Divorce Is About More Than a Marriage

Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, May 5, 2021

“…Experts who study modern marriage, such as the researcher Eli Finkel and the psychotherapist Esther Perel, have pointed out how today’s married couples expect more from each other than couples did in the past. Today’s ideal partner is somehow simultaneously your lover, your best friend, your equal co-parent, and your life coach. Maybe it asks too much of marriage to expect your spouse to co-chair a billion-dollar philanthropic enterprise with you too…”


How To Litigate For Child Support With A Narcissist

Patricia Fersch, Forbes.com, May 20, 2021

Child support is the right of the child to be supported by both parents. This battle, especially with a narcissist can be as contentious as the custody battle. The author stresses when it comes to child support it is important to remember: “You are not fighting for yourself. You are fighting for your child.”


U.S. Ends Policy Of Denying Citizenship To Children Born Via IVF Or Surrogacy

Jaclyn Diaz, NPR, May 19, 2021

The State Department will now approve U.S. citizenship for children born abroad to same-sex or heterosexual American parents via in vitro fertilization, surrogacy and by other assisted reproductive means…Under the policy announced Tuesday, the child must be born abroad to married parents and at least one of the parents has to be a U.S. citizen. The child must have biological ties to at least one parent.


Divorces fall 70% in China after government orders couples to cool off

James Griffiths, CNN, May 19, 2021

The number of divorces recorded in China has fallen by more than 70% since the introduction of a mandatory “cooling-off” period earlier this year…Under a new Civil Code which came into force on January 1, couples filing for divorce must wait 30 days after submitting their application, during which time either party can withdraw the petition. They must then apply again after the month is up in order for the marriage to be ended.


When rich people divorce: what does the future hold for Bill and Melinda Gates?

Victoria Bekiempis, The Guardian, May 23, 2021

The announcement that Bill and Melinda Gates were to divorce was amicable enough, suggesting a smooth split between the famous couple who turned a billion-dollar software fortune into a driving force for global philanthropy…But the couple were not able to avoid the fate of many of the mega-rich who divorce and their marriage became the subject of feverish press scrutiny.

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