Liberty Institute Asks Texas High Court to Review Same-Sex Divorce Cases

UK: Judge demands review of damaging divorce laws

Schwarzenegger, Shriver separating after 25 years

Broken marriages draining tax coffers

Add This To Your List Of China Growth Trends: Divorce

Glenn T. Stanton: Premarital sex & divorce — is there a link?

    Glenn T. Stanton at Baptist Press: Well, here’s one: New data emerging consistently for decades show that premarital sexual activity seems to be associated with a significant elevated risk of divorce. This is not a small consideration for teens and young adults. Let’s look at the handful of leading population-based studies exploring this question and what they find . . .


  • Posted: 05/04/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.bpnews.net

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The Abolition of Marriage

Aaron Goldstein: Thoughts on Marriage & Child Abuse

    Aaron Goldstein at American Spectator: “With all due respect to Wilcox he paints an incomplete picture. While it is true that the report concluded children were more suspectible to abuse in a household headed by a single parent with a cohabiting partner than with married biological parents it is far from the only factor contributing to child abuse. Indeed the HHS report also states . . . ”


  • Posted: 04/29/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: spectator.org

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Joseph Lawler: Marriage and Child Abuse

W. Bradford Wilcox: “Suffer the Little Children: Cohabitation and the Abuse of America’s Children”

    W. Bradford Wilcox at Public Discourse: Cohabitation does not serve the “best interest” of children, regardless of what the courts say . . . This new federal study indicates that these cases are simply the tip of the abuse iceberg in American life. According to the report, children living with their mother and her boyfriend are about 11 times more likely to be sexually, physically, or emotionally abused than children living with their married biological parents.


  • Posted: 04/29/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Against Divorce: David Hume Defends Traditional Marriage

    Russell Nieli at Public Discourse: While often hostile to the Calvinist Christianity in which he was reared, David Hume’s essay “Of Polygamy and Divorces” offers a vigorous and well-argued defense of marriage arrangements as they existed in England and many other parts of Europe from the early Middle Ages through most of the 18th century. His arguments have great relevance for us today as we struggle to cope with unprecedented rates of divorce and unprecedented ease of both entering into and exiting marriages and other intimate procreative relationships. His arguments against polygamy are also important as that practice seems to be undergoing something of a resurgence in parts of the southwest, with renewed interest in the popular culture.


  • Posted: 04/27/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Oklahoma Data on Marriage

Operation Restore the Family – Phase 1 : Overview of TXPC-initiated Parental Divorce Reduction Act

UK: Half see parents divorced by age 16

Revealed: The 2million baby boomers who are facing a lonely old age

Divorce Rate For Women In Military Double That Of Men

    Huffington Post: Although the military divorce rate has begun to level off, according Pentagon statistics, 7.9 percent of women in the armed forces got a divorce last year — versus 3 percent of their male counterparts. Those numbers are part of an ongoing trend, according to Dr. Benjamin Karney, a psychology professor at UCLA and head researcher of a 2007 RAND study that looked at marriage and divorce rates in the military over 10 years between 1996 and 2005data.


  • Posted: 04/12/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

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Divorces rise as taboo falls in urbanizing India

Divorcing Hype From Reality in Facebook Stats

Christians question divorce rates of the faithful

Janice Shaw Crouse: Marriage Doesn’t Count in CDC tracking

The Secrets to Long Life: Worry, Work Hard and Marry Well (If You’re a Man)

Your country or mine? EU proposes rules on divvying up property of international marriages

Howard Stern: Divorcing first wife ‘blew my mind’

Legal Periodical: The Constitutional Obligation to Adjudicate Petitions for Same-Sex Divorce and the Dissolution of Civil Unions and Analogous Same-Sex Reliationships: Prolegomenon to a Brief

Study says parental divorce is strongest predictor of early death

    At the Wall Street Journal, Laura Landro has this report: How to Keep Going and Going. It begins: What can 1,500 Americans born a century ago, most of them long dead, tell us about the secret to a long life? Plenty, according to Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin, two psychologists who, in “The Longevity Project,” mine an eight-decade research effort for answers to the kinds of questions that sent Ponce de León searching for the Fountain of Youth.


  • Posted: 03/11/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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More divorced couples say Facebook hurt their marriage

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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  • Source: blogs.wsj.com

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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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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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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