• Lesley Friedland and the FamilyKind Team

November 24, 2021 Roundup


Recent family-related news included a seasonal story of how divoRecent family-related news included a documentary film focused on a custody case involving a child of lesbian parents and the sperm donor, the importance of being financially savvy when divorcing, the role of pets in divorce proceedings and some inspiration from readers of The New York Times about life after divorce.


In ‘Nuclear Family’, a Filmmaker Frames Herself Alexis Soloski, The New York Times, September, 23, 2021 In her new three-part documentary for HBO, Ry Russo-Young revisits a notable custody case: her own. The filmmaker was born in 1981, in the first generation of children raised by openly gay and lesbian parents. Her sister, born the year before, was conceived with sperm obtained from another donor.


From Our Readers: Rebuilding After Divorce Hanna Ingber, The New York Times, October 12, 2021 In response to Hanna Ingber’s recent article, Holidays Are Tough After a Divorce. Here’s How I Learned to Prepare, hundreds of readers wrote in with their own experiences of divorce or losing a partner.


A Voice for the Yorkies and Doodles When Mom and Dad Split Up Susan Lehman, The New Yorker, November 15, 2021 Matthew Cooper, a New York matrimonial-court judge, reviews his landmark canine cases after the passage of a New York law allowing the court to consider the welfare of pets in divorce proceedings.


Ending a marriage? Don’t get divorced from financial reality in the process Andrew Osterland, CNBC, November 15, 2021 “People make mistakes in the divorce process that leave them vulnerable,” said Stacy Francis, a CFP and CDFA and president and CEO of Francis Financial in New York. “We can’t make everything alright but having a financial plan that shows you what a settlement looks like three years out and 30 years out helps a lot.”

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