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October 1, 2018

Recent family-related news included tips for people divorcing over the age of 50, advice to divorcing couples regarding the new tax law, how millennials are affecting divorce statistics, research from Australia on the positive effect teachers can have on children of divorce and a new law in California affecting “pets of divorce.”

Divorce After 50: What I Wish I Had Known Beforehand Claire Zulkey, MarketWatch, September 8, 2018 Divorce is never easy, but couples over 50 who end their marriages face particular hurdles. This article explores experiences from people who went through a late-in-life divorce. The contributors share six things they would tell their younger selves, offering ways others can learn from their experiences.

Getting a Divorce? The New Tax Bill Will Complicate Splitting Up, Especially for Women Stacy Francis, CNBC, September 24, 2018 The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law December 2017, presents major changes that will significantly impact women and men going through divorce… The answer on how to approach the new tax laws is for men and women to educate themselves and create a support network of savvy professionals to help navigate these difficult financial decisions. Stacy Francis is a board member of FamilyKind.

Add Divorce to the List of Things Millennials Are Killing Ryan W. Miller, USA Today, September 26, 2018 University of Maryland professor Philip Cohen found that from 2008 to 2016, the U.S. divorce rate dropped by 18 percent. What’s causing this downward trend? “The overall drop has been driven entirely by younger women,” Cohen writes.

How Teachers Can Help Support Children During Their Parents’ Divorce Linda Mahoney, SBS, September 28, 2018 Almost one in two marriages in Australia end in divorce which represents around one million Australian children being affected. Research shows that teachers and schools can help children make positive adjustments.

California Divorce Courts Go to Dogs as Pets Gain Status John Rogers, AP, September 28, 2018 Under a bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown of California, pets will still be considered community property, however, a judge deciding who gets to keep them will have the discretion of weighing such factors as who feeds them, who takes them to the vet and on walks, and who protects them — many factors used in child custody proceedings. The law takes effect on January 1, 2019.

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