WY: Court rejects lawmakers’ brief in divorce case

WY: Court rejects lawmakers’ brief in divorce case

Australia: Couples say just in case before ‘I do’

The Vatican’s Marriage Quandary

WY: Lawmakers seek to intervene in same-sex divorce

WY: Lawmakers seek to intervene in same-sex divorce

Legislators want role in same-sex divorce case

Heritage Foundation: The Long Shadow of Marital Dissolution

    Heritage Foundation: “What may not be so well known is the fact that the ripple effects of family dissolution go beyond the impact on the immediate children of broken marriages. Current trends toward dissolving (or never forming) marriages have consequences for a third (and even fourth) generation, given that children’s life course of relationships tend to track that of their parents.”


  • Posted: 02/11/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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MA: State Could End Alimony For Life Law

Key to Happy Marriage: Mom Cooks, Dad Plays?

    Paula Szuchman writes at the Wall Street Journal: “. . . from Ohio State University. The research, published in the January issue of Developmental Psychology, found that couples where the father participates equally in traditional caregiving tasks, like  preparing meals or giving baths (!!), tend to clash more than couples where the mother does a bigger share. Specifically, couples that strive for more equal co-parenting end up displaying “less supportive and more undermining co-parenting behavior toward each other,” the researchers found. But when the father spent more time playing with the kid, while the mom did more of the nuts-and-bolts caregiving, the couples had a “stronger, more supportive co-parenting relationship.”


  • Posted: 02/07/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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Girl with girl cheating OK, half of boyfriends say

ND Bill would require mandatory marriage counseling for those seeking a divorce

Canada: Giving new meaning to “nanny state”

e-divorces on rise in Australia

Dad: Ex-wife too religiously extreme for son

Video: Too religious to home-school?

Judge denies divorce to same-sex Nebraska City couple

Study: Sons of divorce fare worse than daughters

    New York Times: “A new study reports that men whose parents divorced before they were 18 are two to three times as likely to seriously consider taking their own lives than men whose parents were not divorced by that age. Women whose parents divorced by age 18 were not affected as significantly. They, too, thought about suicide more often than other women, but the thoughts were explained by other traumatic experiences they’d had, like childhood abuse.”


  • Posted: 01/25/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: well.blogs.nytimes.com

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“Attorney says gay Dallas man will take his battle for a divorce to the Texas Supreme Court”

Palestinian Islamic court forcibly divorces West Bank couple after declaring them “apostates”

New report finds Californians want more marriage support from the faith community

Philippines eyes easier marriage annulment

Poll: Three in 10 Americans commit financial infidelity?

Step relatives in 40 percent of American families

    MSNBC: “Major demographic changes, including a rise in divorce and more babies born to single moms, have contributed to the rise of the stepfamily over the past decades, the survey found. Overall, 42 percent of American adults have a step relative. Thirty percent of Americans have a step or half-sibling, 18 percent have a living stepparent, and 13 percent have a stepchild.”


  • Posted: 01/13/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.msnbc.msn.com

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UK: Divorced people over-represented in psychiatric hospitals

“Don’t Try This at Home: Adultery in the Marital Bed”

    Joyce Wadler writes at the NY Times: “Conventions change. A woman no longer earns a scarlet letter for having a child out of wedlock; divorce is not synonymous with scandal; and it is no surprise to find, when a marriage comes apart, that a third person was involved. But even in a sexually liberal culture, the home is still usually off-limits, as if protected by an invisible force field. And the marriage bed — a phrase that in itself seems quaintly out of date — remains a sacred object.”


  • Posted: 01/13/2011
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Attorney: Court punishes “narrow” religious beliefs

NH high court hears arguments in home schooling case

Home schooling: A divorce dispute becomes a religious cause in NH

TX: Travis County “lesbian divorce” stands under appellate ruling

Love in Middle America: “It’s complicated”

    David and Amber Lapp writing at First Things: “A renewed society-wide resolve to strengthen marriage is not a matter of patricians ‘imposing’ their love of marriage on others who are resistant to marriage—it’s about helping those Americans who arguably value family the most realize their dreams of raising a flourishing, intact family. As Wilcox reports, 1993 data shows little variation by class in Americans agreeing that marriage is ‘very important’ or ‘one of the most important things to them’: 76 percent of Middle Americans agree, and 79 percent of upscale Americans agree.”


  • Posted: 01/07/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Deciding not to decide what marriage is

Jewish lawyer’s refusal to grant wife a “get” stirs public dispute

    New York Times: “Mr. Friedman, an Orthodox Jew, finds himself scrutinized in the Jewish press, condemned by important rabbis, and attacked in a YouTube video . . . [over] Mr. Friedman’s refusal to give his wife, Tamar Epstein, 27, a Jewish decree of divorce, known as a get . . . Although the majority of men in Jewish divorces grant their wives a get with little fuss, the husbands who refuse — it is estimated there are several hundred agunot in the United States today — can provoke a clash between religious folkways and secular divorce law.”


  • Posted: 01/05/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Underlying tensions behind Egyptian church bombing discussed

No way out of marriage in Malta

Marriage, remarriage, and feminism

    Emily V. Gordon writing at The Huffington Post: “When I started talking to friends about leaving my marriage, they would ask about how entangled our lives were, and I realized that they weren’t entangled… at all. Instead of feeling proud, I was horrified. It dawned on me that I might have been doing this wrong. As my (still-married) parents said to me at some point during my sad, bloodless divorce process, what’s the point of marriage if you’re not rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty?”


  • Posted: 01/03/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

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Elizabeth Marquardt: The spirituality of children of divorce

When divorced doesn’t mean divorced in Egyptian

Texas to same-sex couple: Keep your divorce out of our courts

    Wall Street Journal Law Blog: “On Wednesday, a state lawyer argued before an appeals court on Wednesday that a District Judge Scott Jenkins violated state law when he granted a divorce earlier this year to a same-sex couple. Click here for the story, from the Austin American-Statesman. James Blacklock, a lawyer in the attorney general’s appellate division, said that Texas law forbids any action that recognizes or validates a same-sex marriage granted in another state, even if the point of the action is to dissolve such a marriage.”


  • Posted: 12/17/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: blogs.wsj.com

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Theodore Dalrymple: The Pope vs. the failed materialists

Evangelicals, “gays” and success in the culture wars

Zenit: New marriage report finds worrying trends

Middle class Americans more likely to divorce, but does that make the affluent champions of marriage?

    W. Bradford Wilcox writing at Conservative Home: “[I]n high-rent urban neighborhoods and the prosperous suburbs of the nation’s major cities, divorce is down, marital satisfaction remains high, and nonmarital childbearing is still an exotic activity. It is not upscale America but Middle America that is experiencing marital troubles. From small towns in the heartland to working class suburbs outside of the nation’s major cities, divorce, marital dissatisfaction, and nonmarital childbearing are on the rise. In a word, marriage is in much better shape among Whole Foods regulars than it is among Walmart shoppers.”

    At the Front Porch Republic, Patrick Deneen objects [to a Ross Douthat NYT column that makes an argument similar to Wilcox's]: “[W]e should be suspicious particularly of the gap between how the highly educated are living . . . First, I think there is good reason to think that the ‘highly educated’ have come to support marriage because of growing evidence that marriage is a net benefit for one’s economic bottom line . . . What might be a growing commitment to marriage among a segment of the college-educated class is generally not accompanied by a commitment to the idea of sexual self-control and the felt-need for a broader culture that would support such a commitment; rather, it could be argued that marriage is the conclusion of a long period of serial partnerships and sexual experimentation that colors more broadly the view of the highly-educated. If marriage is good for one’s bottom line, better to put it off until one has tasted the hedonistic pleasures of Babylon before settling down in Greenwich. Yet, both decisions are born of a hedonistic calculus – first the benefits of guilt-free sexual experimentation, and then the pleasures of guilt-free Wall Street bonus checks.”


  • Posted: 12/10/2010
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Investing in Divorce: Taking sides in a divorce, chasing profit

    New York Times: “[A] lawyer referred her to Balance Point Divorce Funding, a new Beverly Hills lender that offers to cover the cost of breaking up — paying a lawyer, searching for hidden assets, maintaining a lifestyle — in exchange for a share of the winnings . . . So far, the number of companies investing in divorce is small — Balance Point is one of the few that do it exclusively. But other businesses are gearing up.”


  • Posted: 12/09/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Media spotlight welcome on “retreat from marriage”

EU justice ministers propose European divorce regulation

Australia: Money woes kill marriage

Decades after divorce, caregiving and grieving challenge grown children of divorce

Alliance Defense Fund’s strong opposition to divorce

American court refuses to honor Lebanese Islamic court child custody order

David French: The divorce post: Responding to critics

TIME: “Marriage: What’s It Good For?”

    “Sociologists tend to believe the answers lie outside marriage. Coontz thinks that if we changed our assumptions about alternative family arrangements and our respect for them, people would be more responsible about them. ‘We haven’t raised our expectations of how unmarried parents will react to each other. We haven’t raised our expectations of divorce or singlehood,’ she says. ‘It should not be that within marriage you owe everything and without marriage you don’t owe anything. When we expect responsible behavior outside as well as inside marriage, we actually reduce the temptation to evade or escape marriage.’”


  • Posted: 11/18/2010
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.time.com

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“Lightning divorces” strike China’s “Me Generation”

David French: The crushing burden of divorce

Huffington Post: “Divorce! It’s good for the children!”

Does religion shape our attitudes toward divorce?

Elizabeth Marquardt: Why your “good enough” marriage is good for your kids

    Elizabeth Marquardt writing at the Huffington Post: “[S]ocial science research shows that about two-thirds of marriages that end in divorce are low conflict. These marriages may feel troubled to the one or both of the spouses, but they are not struggling with the kinds of serious or frequent conflict many imagine when they picture a marriage on the rocks. It is these marriages — what some call ‘good enough’ marriages — that matter so much. To any still-married parent who is considering divorce who may be reading this, I want to affirm that your ‘good enough’ marriage is doing a world of good for your kids.”


  • Posted: 11/12/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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Saying no to no-fault divorce

    Beverly Willett writing at The Huffington Post: “Two months ago, outgoing New York Governor Paterson . . . signed legislation making New York the 50th and final state to sign on to no-fault divorce . . . I was heartsick and wrote about my own divorce experience for The Daily Beast . . . Hate mail had already begun rolling in to the website . . . What was controversial about a woman who loved her husband and children more than anything and wanted to save her family from the heartaches of divorce? Was she really an ‘idiot,’ a ‘psycho’ bent on ‘revenge,’ out to hog-tie the man who freely said “I do” into “forced slavery” because of her hard-headed sense of right and wrong?”


  • Posted: 11/10/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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New York trial judge dissolves Vermont civil union

Quebec woman wins huge common-law alimony case

Muslim man told Skype divorce joke stands

India: Divorce pleas cite “gay” relations more frequently than ever

Divorce rate up in China

UK: Court ruling gives more weight to pre-nuptials

“Couples with daughters more likely to divorce”

Malta: Church official warns judges who rule for divorce

Does “living in sin” still lead to divorce?

    Newsweek: “As cohabiting has come more common across the country . . . the once strong link between ‘living in sin’ and divorce has weakened over time. While some religious groups, such as socially conservative Christians and Orthodox Jews, still frown upon living together before marriage, two thirds of marriages in the U.S. now start as cohabitations. ‘Something that used to be stigmatized is now becoming the common experience,’ Smock says . . . Many of the cohabitations that started for economic reasons during the Great Recession are ‘fragile’ and probably won’t result in marriage, says Wendy Manning, associate director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research at Bowling Green State University.”


  • Posted: 10/06/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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Fewer children, later marriage, more divorce in Canadian families: study

Husband in contempt for teaching child Christian faith in violation of divorce settlement

Conservative Christians tackle divorce, the “other” marriage crisis

Albert Mohler: Divorce, the scandal of the Evangelical conscience

Egyptian Coptic Pope Shenouda III fined for stand against divorce

UK lesbian mother wins child support court battle in European Court of Human Rights

Law Review: Role of Indian Supreme Court in Protection of Muslim Divorced Women

    Syed Tazkir Inam, Role of Supreme Court in Protection of Muslim Divorced Women (February 24, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1681527

    “With the passage of time, mankind has clamoured for special privilege and treatment, and societies across the world have looked towards the courts for benevolent interventions. For this purpose sociological jurisprudence has come a long way from being a theoretical stream towards being consulted for mass reforms by the courts. The Supreme Court of India has played a major role, as the final arbiter of the Constitution. In its performance of this role the Supreme court of India has bring about equality and social change, building way for an advanced and modern outlook. The perspective has been entirely societal oriented and therefore ‘social change,’ has been made the focal point. The approach is to analyze the decisions of the Court, as the reflection of its opinion and contribution towards the attainment of this egalitarian objective. Supreme Court has even played a major role in the upliftment of the conditions of women in India through its landmark judgements.”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: Global: Marriage and Family
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Study breaks down divorce rates by occupation