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October 22, 2018

Recent family-related news included reminders about the importance of healthy co-parenting, a new English law that allows heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnerships, ideas on how to avoid financial mistakes before and during marriage, an interview with a woman who is searching for and finding her many siblings, and a new law in Maryland that will help military families divorce more easily.

What Should You Do When Co-Parenting After Divorce? Cathy Meyer, Divorce Magazine, September 12, 2018 Your main priority during and after your divorce should be to effectively co-parent your children… Divorce will end your marriage; it won’t end your role as a parent and if you have children you will be forever connected to each other.

Heterosexual Couples in England and Wales to be Allowed Civil Partnerships Hilary Clarke, CNN, October 2, 2018 UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that heterosexual couples in England and Wales will be able to enter into civil partnerships instead of getting married; previously only same-sex couples had that choice.

Five Situations Where Money and Emotions Don’t Mix Mia Taylor, The Simple Dollar, October 8, 2018 Mixing money and emotions can be dicey… In terms of marriage and divorce… you might consider putting a prenuptial agreement in place to provide a clear financial plan should the marriage end, says Lisa Zeiderman, founding partner of New York matrimonial and family law firm Miller Zeiderman and Wiederkehr. If you’re already married, a post-nuptial agreement can be drawn up to divide your assets.

Sperm Donor Families: 45 Children and Counting Lulu Garcia-Navarro, NPR, October 14, 2018 NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with twenty-one-year-old Kianni Arroyo, whose biological father is donor #2757. Kianni Arroyo is from Orlando and has 45 half siblings and counting.

The Fix is On: Military-Friendly Modifications to the Maryland Divorce Process October 20, APG News The process for filing for divorce in Maryland is not quick or easy compared to other states. Currently, a “no-contest” divorce requires the parties to reside apart for at least 12 months without interruption and for both parties to appear in person at the final divorce hearing. Recently two bills have been signed into law which would both make it easier for certain military couples in Maryland seeking to file for divorce, by reducing unique difficulties faced by inherently transient military couples who mutually agree to divorce.

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