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September 24, 2018

Recent family-related news included reasons for divorce over age 50, data confirming that addiction to a video game can impact negatively on a marriage, one woman’s journey to her wedding day and two articles about India’s controversial move of criminalizing the centuries-old practice of “triple talaq.”

Senior Divorce: Now What? Anthony Cirillo, U.S. News & World Report, September 13, 2018 Among adults age 50 and older, the divorce rate has roughly doubled since the 1990s, according to a Pew Research Center report. What has been called “gray” divorce is often attributed to the fact that people are living longer. But there are other factors at work driving this.

Fortnite is Now Even Being Blamed for Divorce Newsbeat, BBC, September 17, 2018 According to research by divorceonline, 200 divorces since January 2018 mentioned addiction to Fortnite and other online games as one of the reasons for the relationship breakdown.

Before I Say “I Do,” a Word to the Exes Maggie Parker, The New York Times, September 17, 2018 The author says the following: Before I say “I do,” I want to say thank you, and a few unprintable sentiments to the ones who came before the one… Each past relationship gave me an experience that served as a clue in a scavenger hunt to find my future.

India Makes Instant Divorce a Criminal Offense Sasha Ingber, NPR, September 19, 2018 The practice of instant divorce, called “triple talaq,” happens in person, over the phone, by text and in email. Men, not women, can end their marriages by repeating the word “talaq,” Arabic for “divorce,” three times — and his wife has no say in the matter. India’s government decreed punishments of arrest and jail time on Wednesday for Muslim men who terminate their marriages by simply uttering three words.

India Criminalizes Instant “Talaq” Divorces for Muslim Men Kai Schultz, The New York Times, September 20, 2018 While India’s Constitution guarantees equal rights to all citizens regardless of religion, issues involving marriage, divorce, alimony and inheritance are handled differently among religious populations. India — which is overwhelmingly Hindu but has sizable numbers of Muslims, Sikhs and Christians — does not have a uniform set of laws that applies to all citizens on matters of marriage and divorce.

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