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Dec 14, 2013 Judge strikes down part of Utah polygamy law in 'Sister Wives' case

QUOTE: A federal judge in Utah has struck down part of that state's law banning polygamy...

CNN (Cable News Network)
Oct 10, 2013 Rabbis plotted to kidnap husbands, force divorces, FBI says

QUOTE: A group of rabbis face kidnapping charges after allegedly arranging assaults of Orthodox Jewish husbands to persuade them to grant divorces to their wives, authorities said Thursday....Their goal? To obtain "gets," a document that Jewish law requires a husband to present to his wife in order to be issued a divorce, the complaint says.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 21, 2012 Elite Women Put a New Spin on an Old Debate

QUOTE: The article in The Atlantic, by Anne-Marie Slaughter, a Princeton professor who recently left a job at the State Department, added to a renewed feminist conversation that is bringing fresh twists to bear on longstanding concerns about status, opportunity and family. Unlike earlier iterations, it is being led not by agitators who are out of power, but by elite women at the top of their fields, like the comedian Tina Fey, the Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and now Ms. Slaughter. In contrast to some earlier barrier-breakers from Gloria Steinem to Condoleezza Rice, these women have children, along with husbands who do as much child-rearing as they do, or more.

New York Times
Mar 11, 2012 New law stops injustice of paying alimony forever

QUOTE: ...I didn't know it was common for ex-wives to go back to court when a former spouse got married and get an increase in alimony if the new wife added income to the marriage. I also discovered that the lower-earning spouse needed to be supported to the standard of the lifestyle of the marriage -- and that judges could not put an end date to alimony, even for short-term marriages.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 13, 2011 Family Quarrel Imperils a Labor Hero’s Legacy

QUOTE: When Cesar Chavez was alive, he was a major force in California politics and agriculture. “The problem now is that the organization has simply drifted,” said Miriam Pawel, who has written a book about the union and is working on a biography of Mr. Chavez. “It has become a family-run organization that is sort of purposeless and does little or nothing to help farm workers.”

New York Times
Jan 14, 2011 Warning signs from a troubled mind: What parents should do

QUOTE: the line between unusual behavior and someone being a true threat is murky. And there aren't many options to detain people who exhibit disturbing behavior but have not committed a crime, experts said....When someone's behavior spirals out of control, the family has to determine whether it's eccentricity or something severe. Some families dismiss the changes as a phase; others are ill-equipped or in denial.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jan 04, 2011 Birthright Citizenship Looms as Next Immigration Battle

QUOTE: The next big immigration battle centers on illegal immigrants’ offspring, who are granted automatic citizenship like all other babies born on American soil. Arguing for an end to the policy, which is rooted in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, immigration hard-liners describe a wave of migrants like Ms. Vasquez stepping across the border in the advanced stages of pregnancy to have what are dismissively called “anchor babies.”

New York Times
Jun 21, 2010 Gay Workers Will Get Time to Care for Partner’s Sick Child

QUOTE: President Obama will soon expand the rights of gay workers by allowing them to take family and medical leave to care for sick or newborn children of same-sex partners...

New York Times
Jun 09, 2010 The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In

QUOTE: Sherry Turkle, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Initiative on Technology and Self, has been studying how parental use of technology affects children and young adults. After five years and 300 interviews, she has found that feelings of hurt, jealousy and competition are widespread.

New York Times
Apr 16, 2010 In Hospital Decision, Obama Finds Safe Ground on Gay Rights

QUOTE: President Obama has found a way to support gay rights that least offends those who oppose them. Allowing same-sex partners the same rights as straight couples to visit and make medical decisions for their hospitalized loved ones enjoys broad public backing, even as the country remains polarized over the question of marriage rights for gay men and lesbians.

New York Times
Oct 07, 2009 Group Resists Korean Stigma for Unwed Mothers

QUOTE: Yet each year, [South Korean] social pressure drives thousands of unmarried women to choose between abortion, which is illegal but rampant, and adoption, which is considered socially shameful but is encouraged by the government. The few women who decide to raise a child alone risk a life of poverty and disgrace.

New York Times
Sep 26, 2009 Wartime Soldier, Conflicted Mom: Women at Arms

QUOTE: Hanging on to today’s war-savvy, battle-tested cadre of mothers — and would-be mothers — is both crucial and difficult for the Army, say officers, enlistees and experts.

New York Times
Sep 19, 2009 Some Chinese parents say their babies were stolen for adoption

QUOTE: [in China] some parents are beginning to come forward to tell harrowing stories of babies who were taken away by coercion, fraud or kidnapping -- sometimes by government officials who covered their tracks by pretending that the babies had been abandoned.

Los Angeles Times
Aug 25, 2009 Personal spy gear: Is it ethical? Is it legal? You can now hide a GPS unit in your family car and find out where everybody went. But should you?

QUOTE: while it's easy to find and buy surveillance devices, is it legal and/or ethical to use them?

May 12, 2009 Co-signing a loan can be calamitous

QUOTE: ...I never believe that co-signing is a good idea. The risks far outweigh the benefits. What benefit will you get by co-signing? Your daughter will keep a house that might be too difficult to afford. She might lose the house and the lender might have the right to come after you for the money that it lost.
Dec 30, 2008 Fighting War -- and for Custody: Deployment Used In Battles for Kids

QUOTE: The military does not track statistics on custody disputes, but as military divorce rates rise -- particularly among enlisted female troops such as Greer -- so do child custody struggles in which military service overseas has become a wedge issue....Female troops may be particularly at risk, because mothers are more likely to have custody of children after a divorce.

Washington Post
Dec 23, 2008 Saudi judge refuses to annul marriage of girl, 8

QUOTE: A Saudi judge recently refused to annul a marriage between an 8-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man -- a union apparently arranged by the girl's father to settle his debts...

CNN (Cable News Network)
Sep 02, 2008 A New Twist in the Debate on Mothers

QUOTE: as mothers across the country supervise the season’s final water fights and pack book bags, some have voiced the kind of doubts that few male pundits have dared raise on television. With five children, including an infant with Down syndrome and, as the country learned Monday, a pregnant 17-year-old, Ms. Palin has set off a fierce argument among women about whether there are enough hours in the day for her to take on the vice presidency, and whether she is right to try.

New York Times
Jun 20, 2008 Don’t Tell When Hiring (The Ethicist)

QUOTE: [1] I am a supervisor at a large corporation...Would it be appropriate to tell this applicant that I am gay? [2] My brother and I, who live in the U.S...have been asked to pay more. Is that fair?

New York Times
Jun 16, 2008 Divide and Conquer (Equal Parenting)

QUOTE: The power of lists depends on how you use them. And the discomfort so many of us feel about the approach of many couples in this article, I think, is a fear of my first kind of list. The kind that is built on resentment and that creates obligation....But what I realized during the months I spent with these couples is that they didn’t use their lists (mental or physical) this way. Instead of creating bickering, their lists ended it. They decided what stuff went in whose basket of responsibility, and they trusted their partners to do what was in his or her bucket.

New York Times
Jun 12, 2008 Child-abuse claims vs. parents' rights: Supreme Court mulls whether to take a suit accusing Illinois of forcing families to give up rights.

QUOTE: The US Supreme Court is being asked to determine whether procedures used in Illinois to investigate allegations of child abuse or neglect violate the fundamental rights of parents. The case arises at a legal crossroads between the government's interest in moving quickly to safeguard children from abuse or neglect and the right of parents to raise and maintain a family without undue government interference.

Christian Science Monitor
May 28, 2008 Parents’ Grief Turns to Rage at Chinese Officials

QUOTE: Parents of the estimated 10,000 children who lost their lives in the quake have grown so enraged about collapsed schools that they have overcome their usual caution about confronting Communist Party officials. Many say they are especially upset that some schools for poor students crumbled into rubble even though government offices and more elite schools not far away survived the May 12 quake largely intact.

New York Times
May 27, 2008 One-Child Policy Lifted for Quake Victims’ Parents

QUOTE: The exception, issued by the Chengdu Population and Family Planning Committee in Sichuan Province, said qualified parents could apply for legal permission to have another child, according to The Associated Press. Thousands of parents have openly challenged the government over why so many schools collapsed during the earthquake. An estimated 10,000 students are believed to have died.

New York Times
May 26, 2008 A Thwarted Search for Information: Man Hunting for His Only Child Finds Communist Party Officials Are Focused on Control, Not Aid

QUOTE: Along his journey, he has bumped up against a Communist Party that is extending the paternalistic control it exerts over citizens in life to the way millions behave in confronting death....With each day that Li waits, tensions grow between the government's need to keep order and the will of parents to protect and defend their most precious assets.

Washington Post
May 20, 2008 Far-Flung Placement of Children in Texas Raid Is Criticized

QUOTE: The hearings, technically meant as a 60-day check-up of the state’s plan in handling the children and families of the raid, have exposed the clanking machinery of the Texas child welfare apparatus, which has strained at the seams and spent millions of dollars to handle one of the biggest and most complex child welfare cases in the nation’s history.

New York Times
Apr 22, 2008 Parents of Special-Ed Students Oppose Changing Consent Rule

QUOTE: A proposed revision of Virginia's special education rules is triggering widespread protests among parents of disabled students, who say it would strip them of power in negotiating their children's education.

Washington Post
Apr 20, 2008 ACLU weighs in on Texas polygamist custody case

QUOTE: The Texas branch of the American Civil Liberties Union said it was concerned that the basic rights of the children and mothers connected to a Texas polygamist ranch were violated during a recent raid and custody hearing.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 24, 2008 A Case of a Family Services Job Well Done, or Overdone?

QUOTE: ...[a] Georgetown couple is convinced that their names are not being removed from the city's child protection registry largely because of the District's embarrassment over the Jacks case. The parents believe the city was right to suspect abuse, right to investigate, right to run tests. But they say the case went off the rails when city lawyers continued to press abuse allegations even after the judge found no cause to proceed.

Washington Post
Jan 28, 2008 Huge Lawsuit Could Change Handling of the Dead

QUOTE: [A new law suit] argues that the next of kin, not the state, should make decisions on how to dispose of organs no longer needed for testing, and that denial of such a right violates the Constitution's promise of due process.

Washington Post
Nov 28, 2007 A Hoax Turned Fatal Draws Anger but No Charges

QUOTE: In response to the events, the local Board of Aldermen on Wednesday unanimously passed a measure making Internet harassment a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine and 90 days in jail.

New York Times
Nov 19, 2007 Study Finds Higher Costs for Caregivers of Elderly

QUOTE: The survey was conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving, a research and policy organization, and Evercare, a division of the UnitedHealth Group, which coordinates long-term care for 150,000 clients. The report urges government assistance for family caregivers, whether through tax deductions, tax credits or other stipends.

New York Times
Nov 17, 2007 Immigration Dilemma: A Mother Torn From a Baby

QUOTE: The case exposes a recurring quandary for immigration authorities as an increasing number of American-born children of illegal immigrants become caught up in deportation operations. With the Bush administration stepping up enforcement, the immigration agency has been left scrambling to devise procedures to deal with children who, by law, do not fall under its jurisdiction because they are citizens.

New York Times
Nov 12, 2007 Taking U.S. pulse on paid sick leave

QUOTE: No state has passed a mandatory sick leave law yet. Business groups worry that the idea will become a new hot-button issue — like raising the minimum wage — that has popular appeal but hidden costs.

Oct 12, 2007 Legal or Not, Abortion Rates Compare

QUOTE: A comprehensive global study of abortion has concluded that abortion rates are similar in countries where it is legal and those where it is not, suggesting that outlawing the procedure does little to deter women seeking it.

New York Times
Oct 03, 2007 U.S. sailor: Don't deport my wife

QUOTE: urging officials to consider some sort of policy to deal with cases like his, where military members' families could be deported while they're defending their country overseas.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 14, 2007 Living a Half-Life While Waiting for Those Lost: Families in Divided Kashmir Left Wondering, Often for Years, About Loved Ones Taken by Indian Army

QUOTE: As many as 10,000 people are missing in the bloody 18-year conflict between Indian army troops and militant separatists .... The problem persists because, under law, the Indian army is given carte blanche to quell any suspected militancy and hunt down possible insurgents...

Washington Post
Jun 04, 2007 A Point System for Immigrants Incites Passions

QUOTE: The point system, one of the most significant features of the Senate immigration bill, will be at the heart of the debate as Congress resumes work on the legislation after a weeklong recess. It has already stirred passions because it would profoundly change the criteria for picking future immigrants.

New York Times
May 13, 2007 Overflowing Fairfax Homes Split Neighbors: Issue Stirs Debates Over Economics, Race

QUOTE: Long a source of tension in the suburbs, where high prices force many immigrants to pool financial resources and share housing, residential crowding has generated a surge of complaints in Fairfax, a county where one in four residents is foreign-born.

Washington Post
May 06, 2007 Having large families ‘is an eco-crime’

QUOTE: Having large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a 4x4 car and failing to reuse plastic bags, according to a report to be published tomorrow by a green think tank.

Sunday Times/The Times (UK)
May 02, 2007 Lawful incest may be on its way

QUOTE: If the [Supreme] court meant what it said in Lawrence -- that states are barred from "making . . . private sexual conduct a crime" -- it will not take that long for laws criminalizing incest to go by the board as well. Impossible? That's what they used to say about normalizing homosexuality and legalizing same-sex marriage.

Boston Globe
Apr 26, 2007 Inaccurate reports on combat deaths hurt US military's credibility: While the Pentagon wants all the fallen to be seen as heroes, families push for the truth.

QUOTE: families of...soldiers who died in combat and didn't receive the truth right away are asking why it's so hard for the military to give them all the answers. The mounting criticism has prompted the Army to change its procedures.

Christian Science Monitor
Feb 09, 2007 Dad wasn't dad after all, but still owes child support: A Florida Supreme Court case raises fundamental questions about the nature of fatherhood and legal responsibilities

QUOTE: The Parker case illustrates an increasingly contentious debate over the rights and responsibilities of divorced fathers who have been duped and don't challenge paternity at or near the time of divorce. But it also raises fundamental questions about the nature of fatherhood and the legal responsibilities that can attach to a father-child relationship – even when that relationship is the result of fraud and deception by a wife and mother.

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 02, 2006 For Iran's Isolated HIV Patients, Outreach and Treatment

QUOTE: Iranian families often ostracize their sons and daughters with HIV, casting them out into the street or treating them as strangers in their homes.

Washington Post
Oct 10, 2006 The Last Word on the Last Breath

QUOTE: the question of who has final say over whether CPR should be attempted on a gravely ill patient — the doctor, the patient or the patient’s representative — is live and unsettled in law and medicine. Many doctors believe that their medical judgment about whether CPR will be effective in a given patient’s case, and their knowledge of the havoc it can wreak on a dying body, should prevail. But a patient’s representative, who is often a relative, may believe that every medical option should be exercised and that a miracle could be just a chest compression away.

New York Times
Sep 25, 2006 Fighting Over the Kids: Battered spouses take aim at a controversial custody strategy.

QUOTE: It may seem hard to fathom how a judge could award custody to a parent accused of abuse. But battered spouses often don't file criminal charges—so no judicial finding is made against their mates—and family-court judges typically aren't trained to referee the complexities of abusive relationships.

Jul 21, 2006 China Postpones Trial of Family Rights Activist

QUOTE: The trial of a blind rural lawyer, charged in what rights activists say is a politically motivated case, was postponed Thursday, and a group of his supporters was assaulted by unknown assailants outside the courthouse...being punished for trying to organize a rare class-action lawsuit revealing abuses in enforcing China's one-child family planning policy.

Washington Post
Jul 11, 2006 N.Y. High Court Says Mistaken Avowal of Fatherhood Imposes an 'Equitable Paternity'

QUOTE: He who acts like a father, is a father -- if not biologically than at least legally -- the Court of Appeals said Thursday in imposing "equitable paternity" on a man who wrongly assumed he had fathered a girl and acted accordingly.
Apr 19, 2006 Think Twice Before Borrowing from Family: Small-business owners who ask relatives for money often run into a host of problems, say experts

QUOTE: there must be clarity about whether the money involved is a loan or a gift, and that a written agreement of some kind should always accompany any money lending. If a family member makes a should be clear what kind of interest it carries.

Jan 04, 2006 Buy-sell agreements a family business must

QUOTE: ...a powerful preventative measure that can preserve a family's love and livelihood: the buy-sell agreement. In it, owners specify a course of action when a "trigger event" such as death, divorce or a withdrawing partner places a business' ownership, or even its continued existence, in jeopardy. The agreement is often included as part of the company's overarching operating agreement.
Sep 15, 2005 For One New Orleans Police Officer, a Terrible Choice

QUOTE: Tony Jerome Mitchell said he was forced to make a choice: his grandmother or his honor as a police officer.... "[My supervisor] told me it was very noble and honorable to take care of my grandmother, but if I was not at roll call in 10 minutes, I was fired."

Washington Post

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