The Marriage Economy: ‘I Couldn’t Afford To Get Divorced’ : NPR

Couples Avoid Marriage Because They Fear Divorce

Juan Williams: Poverty of children demands attention

    Juan Williams at TheHill.com: The Census Bureau reports that 29 percent of white children are considered in or near poverty, along with 64 percent of black children and 65 percent of Hispanic children. There is a link between poverty and a rising number of out-of-wedlock babies born every year, with 24 percent, 38 percent and 42 percent of white, black and Hispanic woman-headed families, respectively, living in poverty. These harsh facts are an ugly consequence of American family breakdown and political inertia in a time of congressional fights for political advantage over budgets and tax breaks.


  • Posted: 12/19/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Kay Hymowitz: The Truth About Marriage In America

NC lawsuit alleges marriage license requirement infringes religious freedom

    Plaintiff Jeff L. Thigpen, as Register of Deeds of Guilford County, North Carolina, and as a citizen of North Carolina and the United States, objects and finds it morally and constitutionally repugnant to administer a system which requires all persons entering into marriage to have licenses that will be recorded; to oblige pastors, priests, and rabbis who are performing marriage ceeremonies to perform them pursuent to licenses issued by the state; and to require either the religious or civil solemnization of marriages.”


  • Posted: 12/15/2011
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.news-record.com

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TX: Gotta be married to get divorced

UK: Divorces rise for first time since 2003

Did Christians give marriage away?

NC: Religious Marriage Without License Is Merely Voidable, and Not Terminated By Religious Divorce Alone

Cal Thomas: What’s Wrong With Adultery?

    Cal Thomas at Townhall: Ultimately, what voters must decide is this: Does a presidential candidate’s personal flaws rise (or fall) to a level that inhibits his ability to do the job of president? Put another way, if you are about to have surgery, do you care if the doctor is a cad, or do you care more whether most of his patients are alive and well?


  • Posted: 12/06/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Court Orders Father To End Mormon Education of Children Without Mother’s Consent

Legal Periodical: Marriage and Divorce in a Multicultural Context: Multi-Tiered Marriage and the Boundaries of Civil Law and Religion

Oklahoma: Lawmakers study repeal of state ‘no-fault’ divorce laws

William J. Doherty and Leah Ward Sears: Delaying divorce to save marriages

    William J. Doherty and Leah Ward Sears at The Washington Post: Still, many are skeptical about whether we can lower the divorce rate without trapping more people in bad marriages. This skepticism is fueled by two common assumptions: Divorce happens only after a long process of misery and conflict; and, once couples file for divorce, they don’t entertain the idea of reconciling.


  • Posted: 10/28/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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Maggie Gallagher: A Modest Proposal to Reduce Unnecessary Divorce

Senate Judiciary Committee tackles divorce and marriage

Long-running marriages become rare but no less special

Pakistan: Divorce remains sticking point in Hindu Marriage Act

Glenn T. Stanton: Cohabitation & divorce — there is a correlation

Northeast, Not Bible Belt, Has Lowest Divorce Rate In America

Egypt: desire for divorce drives Coptic-Muslim tensions

Bible not linked to South’s divorce rate

Egyptian Copts Seeking Divorce Plan To Resign To Invoke Legal Loophole

‘Divorce Hotel:’ Couples end their marriage in luxury hotels

“Same-sex marriage — be careful what you wish for”

    Gregg Herman at Wisconsin Law Journal: But, before we go any further, a disclaimer: It is not my purpose to opine as to whether this legislation should be enacted by a state. Certainly, all divorce lawyers, from strictly a business point of view, should support such legislation. As the joke goes, the leading cause of divorce is marriage. This article does not seek to editorialize, but only to outline on the legal ramifications and discuss the pros and cons of the different means of ending relationships.


  • Posted: 09/12/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: wislawjournal.com

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Unable to pay child support, poor parents jailed

    MSNBC.com: It may not be a crime to be poor, but it can land you behind bars if you also are behind on your child-support payments. Thousands of so-called “deadbeat” parents are jailed each year in the U.S. after failing to pay court-ordered child support — the vast majority of them for withholding or hiding money out of spite or a feeling that they’ve been unfairly gouged by the courts.


  • Posted: 09/12/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.msnbc.msn.com

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Why cohabitation is worse than divorce for kids

Forgiving the Boomers for destroying the world

Holy smoke: check out the disparity in abortion rate between cohabiting and married couples

Maggie Gallagher: Warning: Your Romance May Be Dangerous to Your Kids

OK: Marriage is not a game of perfect

“30 Signs That America Has Become A Horrible Place For Children”

    We physically abuse our children at staggering rates, we pump them full of antidepressants and other pharmaceutical drugs and we send them off to public schools that more closely resemble prison camps every single day.
    Meanwhile, the economic decline of the America is hitting children far harder than it is hitting the adult population . . . The following are 30 signs that America has become a horrible place for children….


  • Posted: 08/30/2011
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: educationviews.org

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Census Report: Children of Divorce More Likely to Be Poor

Want the secret of a long and happy marriage? Live in North Dakota – Map charts U.S. marriage rates

Census: South, West lead US in marriages, divorces

Fighting divorce could save government billions: divorce-reform advocates

Does Your Marriage Have What It Takes to Last a Lifetime?

Study: Are Cohabiting Parents Bad For Kids?

NY Times: “Parents Choose Cohabiting Over Marriage”

Many children of divorce are born ‘losers’ claims Irish bishop

TX: Custody Order Violates Establishment Clause

The Marginalization of Marriage in Middle America

    Andrew Cherlin and W. Bradford Wilcox at the Brookings Institution: This policy brief reviews the deepening marginalization of marriage and the growing instability of family life among moderately-educated Americans: those who hold high school degrees but not four-year college degrees and who constitute 51 percent of the young adult population (aged twenty-five to thirty-four). Written jointly by two family scholars, one of them a conservative (W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project) and the other a liberal (Andrew J. Cherlin, professor at Johns Hopkins University), it is an attempt to find common ground in the often bitter and counterproductive debates about family policy. We come to this brief with somewhat different perspectives. Wilcox would emphasize the primacy of promoting and supporting marriage. Cherlin argued in a recent book, The Marriage-Go-Round, that stable care arrangements for children, whether achieved through marriage or not, are what matter most. But both of us agree that children are more likely to thrive when they reside in stable, two-parent homes. We also agree that in America today cohabitation is still largely a short-term arrangement, while marriage remains the setting in which adults seek to maintain long-term bonds. Thus, we conclude by offering six policy ideas, some economic, some cultural, and some legal, designed to strengthen marriage and family life among moderately-educated Americans. Finally, unless otherwise noted, the findings detailed in this policy brief come from a new report by Wilcox, When Marriage Disappears: The New Middle America.


  • Posted: 08/12/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.brookings.edu

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Kansas High Court Rules On Relevance of Parent’s Religion In Custody Determination

Vicki Larson: Are Childless Couples Headed Toward Divorce?

Rebecca Hagelin: Marital Criticism and Pessimism

    Rebecca Hagelin at Townhall: While a pessimistic view of the other person and the marriage worsens the relationship, cultivating a positive mindset towards your spouse—focusing on their strengths and gifts-will, says Neff, “remind you of why you’re in that relationship in the first place.” And that’s good for every marriage.


  • Posted: 08/03/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Gen X marriages: Divorce is out, monogamy’s in

America’s Marriage Debate Depends on Civil Society

IRS eases liability rule for spouse’s tax debt

Malta allows divorce after vote

NPR: “Gay Divorce A Higher Hurdle Than Marriage”

The New Battleground of Child Custody Reform: Shared Parenting

    Rachel Alexander at Townhall: Child custody and support laws have become more onerous over the last 50 years due to fewer parents staying together and women becoming equally as capable as men at earning a living outside the home. Instead of reflecting these changes, the laws have lagged behind, continuing to favor mothers over fathers.


  • Posted: 07/20/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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The Two-Biological-Parent Family and Economic Prosperity: What’s Gone Wrong

“Gay Marriage May End in Divorce at The Supreme Court”

A Generation of Divorce Testifies to the Importance of Marriage

    In a snapshot summary of her memoir released on Tuesday, In Spite of Everything, Susan Gregory Thomas gives a firsthand account of what remains of children and parents after the devastation of divorce. Thomas presents a vivid portrait of the children of divorce in her neighborhood who, with her, wandered as “sad-eyed, bruised nomads.”


  • Posted: 07/14/2011
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: blog.heritage.org

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New York Times article attacks natural family planning

Study: Children of divorced parents receive less financial help toward college costs

UK: “Gay ‘divorces’ up by 44%”

“When Same-Sex Marriages End in Divorce”: Americans are a roving sort

Legal Periodical: Untangling the Knot: Finding a Forum for Same-Sex Divorces in the State of Celebration

Argentina Sees Its 1st Lesbian Divorce – Cheating reportedly the cause

Sexually active teens more likely to divorce, study says

A Plan for Rebuilding Marriage and Family in America | The Heritage Foundation

    This breakdown of the American family has dire implications for American society and the U.S. economy. Halting and reversing the sustained trends of nearly four decades will not happen by accident. The federal, state, and local governments need to eliminate marriage penalties created by the tax code and welfare programs and instead use existing resources to better encourage and support family life.


  • Posted: 06/09/2011
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.heritage.org

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UK: ‘Father’ ordered to pay £100k for children he never knew he had after ex-wife tricked IVF clinic into using his frozen sperm

Divorce ‘permanently harms learning and affects their ability to make friends’

    Daily Mail: But as soon as the divorce process started, the children suffered a range of problems that persisted, a report in the American Sociological Review [June 11] said . . . ‘Children of divorce experience setbacks in maths test scores and show problems with interpersonal skills and internalising behaviour,’ lead researcher Hyun Sik Kim, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said.


  • Posted: 06/03/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Study: Marriage Key to Healthy Economy

Maltese voters opt for legal divorce in national referendum

Marriage: “There just wasn’t any rush”

Approving divorce will sever Malta from its culture and future: world’s largest pro-life group

TX: ‘Divorce’ debate taken to state’s high court

Jim Daly: “Why the Same-Sex Marriage Experiment Will Not Work”

Malta To Vote On Ending Divorce Ban; Church Is Strongly Opposed

MN: Divorced legislators supporting the marriage amendment have been targeted . . .

UK: Not suited to the way we live now: Senior judge in attack on ‘outdated’ marriage law