• Lesley Friedland and the FamilyKind Team

May 6, 2020



This is our fourth expanded edition of our bi-weekly news roundup to support you during the global pandemic. The following articles focus on dating, love, family, marriage and divorce, from a personal and professional perspective.

How Are Parents Supposed to Deal With Joint Custody Right Now? Deborah Copaken, The Atlantic, April 8, 2020 Combine the rules of pandemic quarantine, which require every person to stay put in one household, with the laws of joint custody, which require the exact opposite, and you’ve entered into unprecedented family territory, legal and otherwise. Co-parents are now having to renegotiate hard-won agreements and routines as they try to keep their families safe.

With Her Parents Divorcing, A Child Makes ‘The List Of Things That Will Not Change’ Alisa Chang, NPR, April 13, 2020 After Bea’s parents’ divorce, her dad marries his boyfriend, and Bea is excited to “gain a sister.” Rebecca Stead speaks with NPR’s Ailsa Chang about her book The List of Things That Will Not Change.

Virtual Dating Is the New Normal. Will It Work? Alyson Krueger, The New York Times, April 18, 2020 Some New Yorkers are moving beyond the swipe to venture into flirtatious panel discussions and speed dating sessions.

5 ways couples can work together during the coronavirus pandemic to protect their finances Anna Hecht, CNBC, April 20, 2020 Many couples are worried about the impact the coronavirus pandemic may have on their job security or finances, so financial experts recommend working together now to shore up the stability of your household. This article offers tips to help couples get started.

A Closed Border Can’t Stop This Elderly Couple: ‘Love Is the Best Thing in the World’ Patrick Kingsley, The New York Times, April 22, 2020 The coronavirus crisis has separated families and severed supply chains. But a pair of lovers, 89 and 85, have found a romantic way to keep (almost) in touch.

Parents Struggle With Shared Custody During Coronavirus Pandemic Casey Leins, U.S. News, April 27, 2020 Some states say parents should follow their normal custody schedule, but there’s no road map for the current situation…The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts released a joint statement of guidelines on March 19 to help separated parents work out a plan during the health crisis.

Married to an Undocumented Immigrant? You May Not Get a Stimulus Check. Caitlin Dickerson, The New York Times, April 28, 2020 Undocumented immigrants are ineligible for federal payments to help families during the coronavirus pandemic. So are their spouses, even if they are U.S. citizens.

A Japanese company is renting out separate rooms to married couples to help them ‘avoid divorce’ Charlie Wood, Business Insider, April 29, 2020 Japanese rental company Kasoku is offering married couples separate, short-term rental units as a way of letting them spend time apart if their marriage is going through a rough patch.

Making Space in Marriage, Even as the Walls Close In Debra Jo Immergut, The New York Times, May 1, 2020 Two years ago, as our 25th anniversary loomed, it dawned on me: Bold action was required. No nice dinner or overnight at a quiet inn. “…“We need new material,” I told John. “We need to do something seriously out of our comfort zone.”…”


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