‘It’s a fairness issue’: A 9-year legal struggle involving LGBT rights might finally come to a conclusion | Okla. Gazette

The Nearlyweds: Couples cohabiting without marriage a growing trend — for blacks, too?

    The Grio (MSNBC): Enter the “nearlywed” couples, which a recent feature in Glamour magazine describes as “couples with all the trappings of marriage—the home, the in-laws, the shared Labradoodle, maybe even the kids—but no actual marriage certificate.” Declaring “nearlyweds” as the latest leaders in relationship trends, Glamour interviewed several (white) couples who extolled the virtues of this commitment-like, but not-all-the-way committed, phenomenon.


  • Posted: 09/16/2013
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  • Source: thegrio.com

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Alimony for your eggs

Cohabiting mothers at greater risk financially, UVa research finds | Daily Progress

“Bottum’s Up on Same Sex Marriage” | Jennifer Roback Morse at Christian Post

Jail Becomes Home for Husband Stuck With Lifetime Alimony

    Bloomberg: Schochet, who said he worked as a portfolio manager at Citadel Investment Group Inc. and Fortress Investment Group LLC (FIG) and once earned $1 million a year, has been jailed for missing court-ordered payments at least eight times in the past two years as he coped with the end of his 17-year marriage.


  • Posted: 08/27/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.bloomberg.com

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Texas Supreme Court takes same-sex divorce cases

Why Not Treat Marriage like a Test Drive? | Kellie Fiedorek at Townhall

Divorce Study Shows That Couples With Longer Commutes Are More Likely To Divorce

The more siblings, the longer your marriage will last

UK: No. of over 60s getting divorce up by three quarters

A high divorce rate means it’s time to try ‘wedleases’

Will the Millennial generation have the lowest marriage rate in history?

    Helen Smith at PJ Media: Add this all together and marriage is not in the cards for many men today, or is so stressful, it is only for the more educated and affluent who can delegate some of these tasks to others. With fewer career prospects and higher expectations of marriage, the average guy this age may just opt out and decide that marriage is not an option. And divorce is more expensive than ever and filled with more uncertainty for men.


  • Posted: 08/08/2013
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  • Source: pjmedia.com

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Is the Texas Supreme Court about to legalize same-sex marriage?

MN Now Has One Of Its First Same-Sex Divorces

RI same-sex couples use new “marriage” law to get divorced

Oklahoma couples sue for marriage equality | Democratic Underground

New pleadings filed in same-sex marriage ban suit | Tulsa World

“First Gay Divorce Finalized In Colorado”

“Book a Vacation at a Divorce Hotel and End Your Marriage in Luxury” | Daily Beast

Covenant v. traditional marriage in Arkansas

Chart of the Week: Marriage Guards Children Against Poverty | Heritage Foundation

Marriage May Calm a Criminal Impulse in Men

Firing woman to avoid extramarital affair is unfair, but not gender bias, Iowa Supreme court rules

UK: Most babies born out of marriage by 2016, trend suggests

Oklahoma marriage challenge drags on into ninth year

Same-Sex Parenting: Child Abuse?

After granting foreign same-sex ‘marriage,’ Canadian Senate now approves gay divorce bill

Israeli appeal court upholds Christian marriage in unusual divorce case

Is Forced Fatherhood Fair? | Laurie Shrage at NYT

We Should Reform Child Support | Phyllis Schlafly at Townhall

    Phyllis Schlafly at Townhall: Child support formulas are based on the ridiculous notion that a father would make those same sacrifices for an ex-wife who is living with her new husband or boyfriend and for children he never or seldom sees. Many fathers would happily do more to support their children if they got to see their kids more and were more engaged in their lives. But current child support laws have reverse incentives: The more the mother prevents such contact, the more child support she receives. Child support is not even really child support, because the mother has no obligation to spend the money on the kids, and faithful payment of child support does not buy the father time with his kids. The purpose of child support is to allow the mother to maintain a household and standard of living comparable to the father’s.


  • Posted: 06/18/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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How to Live in a World Where Marriage Is in Decline | Philip Cohen at the Atlantic

TX: Lesbian couple can’t cohabitate: Why not?

Marriage Primer | John Stonestreet interviews Ryan Anderson on YouTube

The Feminist, Pro-Father, and Pro-Child Case against No-Fault Divorce

Cohabitation Nation: Sliding v. Deciding for Marriage

“As Gender Equity Rises, More Ugandan Women Divorce” | AP

Could Pregnancy be a Reason NOT to Get Married? | David Lapp at Family Scholars

    David Lapp at Family Scholars: In “Promises I Can Keep,” Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas find that among the poor single mothers they interviewed, “Nearly everyone has a morality tale to tell of two fools who rushed into marriage only to divorce.” And, “The harshest condemnation is reserved for those who marry because of pregnancy. Such marriages, they believe, are almost certain to end in divorce, and thus benefit neither the couple nor the child.”


  • Posted: 04/26/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: familyscholars.org

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Female Education Has Completely Changed Marriage In America

Is Gay Marriage a Moral Issue or a Civil Liberties Issue? – Pt. 3 | Os Hillman at Christian Post

    Os Hillman at Christian Post: The battle for the family is heating up with one of the most important issues that could cause a huge tipping point in culture-the redefining of marriage by the Supreme Court. This is part 3 of a 4 part series on the topic of gay marriage. In this segment we look at how the failure of Christian marriages and how it has contributed to the issue of the rising gay community and the agenda of the gay community.
    Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/is-gay-marriage-a-moral-issue-or-a-civil-liberties-issue-pt-3-94431/#sfwrzD6dg26Almep.99


  • Posted: 04/22/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Three important perspectives on same-sex marriage | Phil Lawler at Catholic Culture

    Phil Lawler at Catholic Culture: During the 1960s the American understanding of marriage was radically altered by the public acceptance of divorce and contraception. Once divorce became socially acceptable, it was no longer possible to assume that any given marriage involved a permanent bond. Once contraception became the norm, it was no longer possible to assume that a marriage was likely to produce children. Permanence and fecundity are the two legs on which the institution of marriage stood; now they were gone. Today a typical American union is a 3-step process.


  • Posted: 04/17/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.catholicculture.org

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Cohabitation’s Transaction Costs

“Why we are losing the gay ‘marriage’ debate (and how we can win)” | John Jalsevac at LifeSiteNews

A ‘gray divorce’ boom | Susan L. Brown at LA Times

    Susan L. Brown at LA Times: The Beatles sang ‘Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?’ When it comes to marriage, many baby boomers are saying ‘no.’ . . . Until recently, it would have been fair to say that older people simply did not get divorced. Fewer than 10% of those who got divorced in 1990 were ages 50 or older. Today, 1 in 4 people getting divorced is in this age group.


  • Posted: 04/03/2013
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.latimes.com

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AZ: Transgender Man To Comment On Denial Of Divorce

When Our Principles Don’t Survive Contact with Pain | David French at NRO

    David French at NRO: For the Christian, marriage should be a covenant relationship, between a man and woman, that is designed to last for life — with the only scriptural grounds for divorce being adultery or abandonment by an unbelieving spouse. Yet our pews are full of divorced Christians, and many of these are not people who’ve divorced, repented of the sin of divorce, then sought forgiveness and redemption (though some are). Instead, they are people who’ve divorced wrongly, sought acceptance of their choice, salve for their emotional pain, and now seek to remain in fellowship — on their terms.


  • Posted: 03/26/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Boys Hardest Hit: But the decline of marriage is no bargain for women either.

We Need New Methods in the Fight for Marriage | Greg Forster

    Defenders of marriage need some entrepreneurial thinking. America has been governed by no-fault divorce, illegitimacy, and disordered desires of every kind for two generations; there are fewer and fewer people around who even remember living in a world where the Christian position was the default. We need to stop imagining real marriage is like the Apple of 2013—assuming we are the dominant entity and our opponents are upstarts trying to displace us from our position at the top.


  • Posted: 03/15/2013
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West Virginia Bill Updates When a Marriage Can be Voided

Iowa House Bill Prevents No-Fault Divorce Between Parents

Does Shacking Up Lead to More Divorce?

“Why Conservatives Are Losing The Marriage Battle” | Rod Dreher at the American Conservative

Sister in open marriage takes sharing too far

    Chicago Sun Times: Dear Abby: My daughters are attractive young women, both doing well in their professional careers. “Melanie,” who is 27, is married to “Sam,” an extremely attractive and successful man. My 30-year-old daughter, “Alicia,” has been divorced for a year. Her marriage failed two years ago because she and her husband had an appetite for sex outside their marriage. While I was disturbed about that, I was horrified to learn that Melanie allows her sister to occasionally have sex with Sam . . .


  • Posted: 02/12/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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National Marriage Week Celebrates the #1 Antidote to Child Poverty

Study: kids of divorce more likely to do badly at school

SD: Committee keeps law allowing people to sue others for breaking up their marriage

Study: Children Of Divorce Less Likely To Practice Religion

    Zenit (links to study): The negative social consequences of divorce are well-known but a new report shows that it also leads to a decline in religious practice. On Wednesday the Institute for American Values published the findings of a group of scholars in a report titled “Does the Shape of Families Shape Faith?: Challenging the Churches to Confront the Impact of Family Change.” Every year about a million children in the United States experience the divorce of their parents, the report pointed out, and overall one-quarter of young adults come from divorced families.


  • Posted: 01/21/2013
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  • Source: www.zenit.org

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Civil Court May Enforce Pre-Nup Penalizing Husband For Failing To Grant Wife A Jewish Divorce

Ariz. divorce case hits snag after marriage’s validity questioned because husband gave birth | AP on Cox News

Absentee Fathers and the Newtown School Shooting

Ariz. divorce case hits snag after marriage’s validity questioned because husband gave birth

Court Rejects Father’s Establishment Clause Challenge To Divorce Decree Provision On Religious Education of Children

Single Belles, Single All the Way: The marriage gap is a problem we can’t afford to ignore. | Mona Charen at NRO

Divorce: A Widely Ignored Self-Inflicted Tragedy

    Stephen M. Krason at Crisis Magazine: How can one talk about changing the libertarian divorce laws—much less the divorce culture—in the Age of Obama, when the national administration and the ruling political party is pushing the most permissive sexual and family agenda in American history? There is no place to work from but the ground up, and we should always keep in mind that the bright future of new historical ages is often fashioned in the throes of a troubled and declining socio-cultural era.


  • Posted: 12/07/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.crisismagazine.com

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Israeli Civil Court Asserts Jurisdiction Over Same-Sex Couple’s Divorce

Till Death Do Us Part: Taking on the Care of Ex-Spouses

    Mercator.net: You may know one of them, or even be one. They are divorced people, mainly women, who have taken on the care of their estranged spouse when he or she is facing serious illness or death. It is a surprising and, to some, a baffling development, but one that is significant enough for two researchers from the University of Missouri to look into. Alerted to their study by a recent feature article in The Australian (“The ex factor” by Kath Legge, November 3, 2012) MercatorNet asked Drs Teresa Cooney and Christine Proulx about their findings so far. Keep in mind as you read the interview that millions of baby boomers, who experienced record divorce rates in the wake of no-fault laws, are now ageing. Men in particular often end up alone and estranged from their children. A current spouse or partner (assuming there is one) friends or siblings may be unable or unwilling to commit themselves to a care-giving role. But for some “exes” their original marital commitment still means what it said.


  • Posted: 12/03/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.mercatornet.com

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Oklahoma: Task force told out-of-wedlock births to blame for child poverty

Tenn. GOP Congressman’s Ex-wife Had 2 Abortions

Mass. among 23 states where adultery is a crime, but rarely prosecuted

Texas Supreme Court OKs Do-it-Yourself Divorce Forms

Marriage and Family as Dynamic Process | Amy Ziettlow at Family Scholars

    Amy Ziettlow at Family Scholars: More than a century and a half ago Alexis de Tocqueville made the striking observation that an individualistic society depends on a communitarian institution like the family for its continued existence. The family cannot be constituted like the liberal state, nor can it be governed entirely by that state’s principles. Yet the family serves as the seedbed for the virtues required by a liberal state. The family is responsible for teaching lessons of independence, self-restraint, responsibility, and right conduct, which are essential to a free, democratic society. If the family fails in these tasks, then the entire experiment in democratic self-rule is jeopardized.


  • Posted: 11/14/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: familyscholars.org

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After Divorce, Many Women Lose Health Insurance

The prayer of a sex trafficked child: Escaping the abuse

Divorce causes children harm long into adulthood, says study