• Lesley Friedland and the FamilyKind Team

September 23, 2020 Roundup



Recent family-related news included a lawyer’s look at how she evaluates allegations of child sexual abuse in the context of a custody case, the Air Force’s move to consider custody arrangements when making assignments, a TV show addressing Black lives and love relationships, a pediatrician’s personal and professional growth as she parents her transgender child and a sobering look at domestic violence and divorce in China.

Are Women More Likely To Lose Custody If They Claim Their Child Has Been Sexually Abused By The Father? Patricia Fersh, ForbesWomen, August 21, 2020 The author writes: “As a family law practitioner, I find this topic to be incredibly difficult and painful with extremely difficult consequences. I look to evaluate each potential client on their claims of child sexual abuse or their denial of same if they have been accused.”

The Air Force has begun assigning airmen with child custody arrangements to duty near their kids Stephen Losey, The Air Force Times, September 2, 2020 “…The Air Force on August 17 began allowing airmen who have court-ordered child custody arrangements to ask to be stationed near their children for their next assignments, or to have their next assignments deferred if it would take them away from their kids. Previously, child custody arrangements were not considered as part of the assignment process…However, the Air Force cautioned last month that it still has to meet its needs, and might not be able to accommodate all airmen requesting assignment near their children…”

‘Black Love’ Keeps It Simple: Honesty, Not Antics Leigh-Ann Jackson, The New York Times, September 8, 2020 The documentary-style reality series maintains its focus on Black lives and relationships while avoiding typical reality TV stunts.

What I Learned as a Parent of a Transgender Child Paria Hassouri, M.D., The New York Times, September 8, 2020 The author shares: As a pediatrician and mother, I thought I knew a lot about parenting. But I was blindsided by my daughter’s coming out as trans, and that first year was riddled with mistakes.”

Her Husband Abused Her. But Getting a Divorce Was an Ordeal Sui-Lee Wee, The New York Times, September 16, 2020 “A graphic video of a husband beating his wife has shocked China, shedding light on the prevalence of domestic violence and the difficulties of obtaining a divorce…Though China introduced an anti-domestic violence law in 2016, penalties are minimal. Marital rape is still legal, and women say restraining orders are rarely enforced.”


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