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THE DIVORCE COLONY February 16, 2016

Filed under: Divorce And Society,Uncategorized — familyinnocence @ 4:58 pm

” In 1892, the young state of South Dakota was a refuge for divorce seekers. It had among the laxest divorce laws in the country, offering numerous grounds and, more importantly, requiring only 90 days residency to fall under the court’s jurisdiction. Meanwhile, Maggie’s home state of New York had some of the strictest laws, granting absolute divorce only for adultery; some would resort to hiring actresses to play the part of the mistress. In other states, one could sue for a divorce of room and board, which allowed for physical and economic, not marital, separation. South Carolina was stricter still, forbidding it entirely. This hodgepodge of laws created the legally debatable phenomenon of the “foreign divorce,” in which one spouse traveled to a jurisdiction with more favorable laws.”

Interesting piece of history.

Source : April White


Economic Origins of the No-Fault Divorce Revolution*

” Richard Posner argues that late twentieth-century divorce-law reform rendered marital relationships in the United States increasingly contractual in nature. Chief among such reforms was the no-fault divorce revolution: the widespread switch in states’ legal regimes from fault-based, mutualconsent divorce to no-fault based, unilateral divorce, which swept across America in the 1970s. While a growing literature considers the no-fault divorce revolution’s effects on divorce rates, almost no work considers its causes. Taking Posner’s observation as its starting point, this paper develops testable hypotheses relating to the potential origins of no-fault divorce reforms in the US. ”

Interesting discussion , explores the groups that advocated / opposed and how they benefited.

Source : Peter Leeson and Joshua Pierson


Rethinking the ‘problems of black marriage’

Filed under: Future Of The Family,Relationships,Uncategorized — familyinnocence @ 4:30 pm

Interesting read, although I don’t agree with all of her conclusions.

As many have wondered why Camille Cosby continues to stand by her husband, Bill, in the wake of so many allegations of sexual abuse — including me — the comedian recently was defended by the woman who played his TV wife, Phylicia Rashad. And so was Camille. “This is a tough woman, a smart woman,” Rashad said of Cosby’s wife of 50 years. “She’s no pushover.”

Her comment of Camille as a “tough woman” could not have come at a more interesting time, as I had just stumbled upon a study, “Black Marriage Through the Prism of Gender Race, and Class,” by Kecia R. Johnson, an assistant professor at Florida State University, and Karyn Loscocco, a sociologist at the University of Albany.

Rethinking the ‘problems of black marriage’

Source: Vicki Larson / OMG Chronicles


The problem with single mothers

Filed under: Future Of The Family,Uncategorized,Unforeseen Consequences — familyinnocence @ 4:05 pm

“There has been a lot of hand-wringing about single mothers and the rise of children being born outside of marriage nowadays. About a third of children in the U.S. live with an unmarried parent, according to the Pew Research Center — 34 percent, up from 9 percent in 1960 and 19 percent in 1980. While many of those parents are single, about 4 percent of children live with two cohabiting  parents”


Source: OMG Chronicles / Vicki Larson


Are women really unhappy?

“Women are more depressed and anxious than men. Why?”


Because we don’t make as much money as men do, researchers say.

Too many choices?

What’s happiness anyway?

Interesting article…but attributing everything to money  treats the issue as superficial.



Are women really unhappy?


Source : OMG Chronicles


10 Totally Unexpected Things You Feel During Divorce

Filed under: Life After Divorce,No Fault Divorce Around The World,Uncategorized — familyinnocence @ 3:37 pm

Below, HuffPost Divorce bloggers share 10 things that caught them off guard when their marriages ended.


Source: Brittany Wong


Court orders release of training documents for judges in child-custody cases February 4, 2016

“A Lancaster County District court has ordered the Nebraska Judicial Branch to release documents on how judges are trained to adjudicate child custody disputes.”


Source: Riley Johnson