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May 28, 2018

Recent family-related news included a look at whether the United States really has family friendly work policies, a pictorial look at a photographer’s marriage, how divorce affects college finances, a story of a 30 year old who will not leave home and divorce in the Philippines.

Of Course US Birth Rates are Falling — This is a Harsh Place to Have a Family Amy Westervelt, The Guardian, May 21, 2018 The reality is, for all its pro-family rhetoric, the US is a remarkably harsh place for families, and particularly for mothers… the US is one of only four countries in the world with no government-subsidized maternity leave. The other three are Lesotho, Swaziland, and Papua New Guinea.

The Life Span of a Photographer’s Marriage Alexandra Schwarz, The New Yorker, May 11, 2018 “I said I’d never marry anybody from my home town or anybody I met in a bar, and I did both,” the photographer Michael Northrup told me recently… the book is an elliptical chronicle of a romance as it morphs into family and it also tells the story of Northrup’s development as a photographer.

How to Keep Your Divorce from Sabotaging Your Children’s College Education Lorie Konish, CNBC, May 18, 2018 About 4 in 10 marriages end in divorce, according to a recent study by TD Ameritrade. Yet two-thirds of married couples don’t have a financial plan in the event of divorce or a spouse’s death.That can have a real impact when it comes to planning for college costs, which have been going up at a rate of at least about 3 percent per year, according to the College Board.

Judge Backs NY Parents, Saying Their 30-Year-Old Son Must Move Out Bill Chappell, NPR, May 23, 2018 As NPR reported in 2016, a Pew study found that, For the first time in more than 130 years, Americans ages 18-34 are more likely to live with their parents than in any other living situation.

Divorce Is Prohibited in The Philippines, But Moves Are Underway to Legalize It Michael Sullivan, NPR, May 23, 2018 The Philippines, where roughly 80 percent of the population is Roman Catholic, is one of only two countries in the world where divorce remains illegal (with exemptions for the roughly 5 percent of the population that’s Muslim). The only other country where divorce remains illegal is Vatican City.

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