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November 26, 2018

Recent family-related news included statistics from the U.S. Bureau on family configuration trends, tips from a professional on having a better divorce, a story of an immigrant mother being kept from her child who is a U.S. citizen, information about England’s “Good Divorce Week,” and a deep dive into reasons behind the decline in sexual activity in teens and young adults.

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Families and Living Arrangements Tables U.S. Census, November 14, 2018 The median age at first marriage in the United States has continued to rise in recent years from 27.1 and 25.3 years in 2003 for males and females, respectively, to 29.8 and 27.8 years in 2018. This upward trend is consistent with other changes to U.S. households and family structure according to new tables released today by the Census Bureau.

Can You Ever Have a ‘Good’ Divorce? Lucy Warwick-Ching, The Financial Times, November 23, 2018 Unsurprisingly, it is the financial settlement that causes huge stress in a divorce. It is understood that those who delay providing information or attempt to hide assets will raise the temperature of the negotiations dramatically. In addition, the number of older couples splitting up has reached an all-time high. Lawyers attribute this “silver splitter” phenomenon to longer life expectancy and the growing proportion of women with careers, offering the possibility of financial independence.

A Guatemalan Mother Could Lose Her Daughter, Because She’s an American Miriam Jordan, The New York Times, November 23, 2018 Yeisvi Carrillo, age 11, is an American citizen who remains in foster care while her mother, Vilma Carrillo, appeals a deportation order…Rosa Fernandez, who is fostering Yeisvi in her home, said the child talked frequently of her mother’s plight. “It touches me how much she wants to be with her mother and protect her mother from the pain,” Ms. Fernandez said.

Good Divorce Week Campaign Resolution, UK, November 24, 2018 Saturday, November 24, 2018 marks the start of Resolution’s “Good Divorce Week” in England. For Good Divorce Week 2018, Resolution will be raising awareness of how parents can minimize the impact of conflict on their children, by calling on government to reform divorce law and sharing resources with our members to support their work with separating parents.

Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex? Kate Julian, The Atlantic, December 2018 American teenagers and young adults are having less sex. Over the past few years, Jean M. Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University, has published research exploring how and why Americans’ sex lives may be ebbing.

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