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This story describes the desperate financial circumstances of divorced and separate fathers in Italy who cannot keep up with support payments: Elisabetta Povoledo, In Italy, Economy and Law Leave Many Single Fathers Broke and Homeless (NY Times, May 25, 2012).
This piece by Alexei Barrionuevo, “Divorce, Oligarch Style” (NY Times, April 5, 2012) describes some of the international real estate and financial issues in dispute in the Swiss divorce of Dmitry Rybolovlev and Elena Rybolevleva.
According to this piece by Sarah Lyall in the New York Times, recent comments by Justice Nicholas Wall, presdient of the Famly Division of England’s High Court, and Justice Matthew Thorpe of the Court of Appeal suggest that the time has come to change the law to allow no-fault divorce. See Tuna Again? In Fault-Finding England, It’s a Cause for [...]
Pamposh Raina has posted this interesting item on the New York Times “India Blog”: For Indian Women, Divorce is a Raw Deal (March 22, 2012). The piece links to the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill 2010 now pending before the Parliament in India, and notes a research study to be published later this year on the economics rights of [...]
Online access to the August 2011 issue of the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family is available here. Articles include: Normann Witzleb, Marriage as the ‘Last Frontier’? Same-Sex Relationship Recognition in Australia; Maria Eriksson, Contact, Shared Parenting, and Violence: Children as Witnesses of Domestic Violence in Sweden; Ali Reda Bariklou, The Wife’s Right [...]
See this recent coverage of public protests designed to persuade an Orthodox Jewish man to provide his ex-wife with a religious divorce known as a get: Mark Oppenheimer, Religious Divorce Dispute Leads to Secular Protest (N.Y. Times, 1/3/2011).
There is now a proposed text for the Rome III regulation, which will set the terms for “enhanced cooperation” within a group of European Union countries on the law applicable to divorce and legal separation. Here’s a report posted on conflictoflaws.net, which includes links to the text and a press release on this development. If the new [...]
Here’s a story reporting that the divorce rate in Iran has tripled over the past decade, reflecting changes in the attitudes of women in Iran toward marriage, relationships, and careers. See William Yong, Iran’s Divorce Rate Stirs Fears of Society in Crisis (N.Y. Times, Dec. 6, 2010).
In its long-awaited decision this week in Radmacher v. Granatino, Britian’s Supreme Court agreed that the Court of Appeals acted correctly in reducing a substantial award in a divorce case based on the parties’ prenuptial agreement. English courts have traditionally been reluctant to enforce prenuptial agreements, and this rule has put them at odds with the practice in the continental [...]
In this analysis of Marriage and Divorce in Tunisia – Women’s Rights, posted on the web site of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Massan d’Almeida discusses the Personal Status Code enacted in Tunisia in 1956, and notes two guidebooks on marriage and divorce published in Arabic and French by the Tunisian Women’s Association for Research [...]