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What, We're Poor?

Illustration by Dori Hartley "Are you poor?" One of my daughter's schoolmates recently asked her this question. Still thwacking about in my brain, the question is doing collateral damage, as I scurry around the supermarket. Pos...I believe poverty is the last great American taboo. It sure isn't the sort of thing one tweets about to friends, or "Likes" on Facebook. We use euphemisms consistently: A little strapped. Need to tighten our belts. Here in the U.S., our culture is still churning out lyrics from the classic American dream: You can be a success if you just want it badly enough! Pull yourself up by your bootstraps! Go back to school! Take any job! Get on TV! Write a children's book!

'Thanks for the Stroke, Ma!' Study Says Divorce May Turn Kids Into Time Bombs

Getting a divorce might boost your child's stroke risk. Credit: Getty Images
Years from now, after all the therapy bills have been paid, after you think your child has finally made peace with your divorce, the entire left side of his body will go...
If you're divorced, your kid might be able to blame having a stroke on you, too.

Is Marriage Obsolete?

How about we just live together? Credit: Getty Images
A recent poll found that 4 in 10 of the people surveyed feel that marriage is obsolete. This affects children as well. The study by the Pew Research Center also found that almost 30 percent...
A recent poll found that 4 in 10 of the people surveyed feel that marriage is obsolete.

Four in 10 Say Marriage Becoming Obsolete

Marriage no longer dominates family life. Credit: Getty Images
WASHINGTON (AP) - Is marriage becoming obsolete? As families gather for Thanksgiving this year, nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separ...
Nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married. More people are accepting the view that wedding bells aren't needed to have a family.

How to Predict If You'll Get Divorced

Charlie Sheen has filed for divorce from his third wife, Brooke Mueller, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple were married in May 2008 and have two children. Credit: Ethan Miller, Getty Images How you argue with your spouse ca...There is one particularly toxic way to argue that can spell an early end to a marriage: One person deals with the conflict constructively, while the other withdraws.

Judge Throws the Book (3 of Them, Actually) at Dueling Parents

A judge ordered an estranged couple to, well, become better parents. Credit: Corbis
The judge finds you guilty and the sentence is ... homework. Specifically, a book report. A lot of kids would beg the judge to reconsider the electric chair...
Do book reports constitute cruel and unusual punishment?

Celebrity Divorces Can Be Especially Tough on the Kids

Courteney Cox and David Arquette, left, Laura Dern and Ben Harper, center, and Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman all announced splits this month. Credit: WireImage / Getty Images / AP
The Hollywood romance may seem to be a glamorous image of ...
Three celebrity couples with kids call it quits. Now what?

Break-Ups Made Easier: New York No-Fault Divorce Law Goes Into Effect

Divorce in New York doesn't have to be a battle anymore. Credit: Getty Images
Ending a marriage in the Empire State got a whole lot less contentious (well, potentially at least) when the no-fault divorce law went into effect Oct 13. New York w...
Ending a marriage in the Empire State just got a whole lot less contentious (well, potentially at least).

Dad in Egyptian Custody Case: 'My Children Today Were Not My Children'

PRODUCTION PLAYER! DO NOT DELETE. Colin Bower has fought tirelessly for the right to see his two sons ever since his ex-wife allegedly kidnapped them and took them back to her home country of Egypt more than a year ago. But a reu...Colin Bower has fought tirelessly for the right to see his two sons ever since his ex-wife allegedly kidnapped them and took them back to her home country of Egypt more than a year ago. But a reunion there this week between the father and his boys was more heartbreaking than joyful.

Australia Rethinks Idea of Slicing Up Child Custody

"And the king said, 'Bring me a sword.' So a sword was brought before the king. And the king said, 'Divide the living child in two, half to the one, and half to the other.'" (1 Kings 2:24-25) Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Now ...Australia realizes that forcing kids of divorced couples to act as ping-pong balls might not be so bouncy and fun.

Divorce: Saying Good-Bye to the Kids and the Nest

The author's children, Nick and Emily. Credit: Jeremy Gerard
Tears come easily to me -- an airline commercial can do the trick -- but crying, of the loud, snot-gulping, bottomless despair sort, is rare. Yet that's what happened when I flipped thr...
This dad shares his experience saying goodbye to his college-bound kids and becoming a single parent.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Divorce

Let kids know you will always love them, despite the divorce. Credit: dno1967, Flickr
Divorce is not an easy time for any family, but studies have shown the period leading up to the actual divorce can be one of the hardest for kids. So, how h...
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British Columbia to Divorcing Parents: Play Nice ... or Else

British Columbia wants divorcing parents to cool it. Credit: Getty Images
British Columbia doesn't care who started it. The two of you need to play nice, or so help British Columbia, it's going to pull over and finish it. Government officials ...

Melissa Etheridge's Ex Seeks Full Custody of Twins as Their Split Takes Nasty Turn

Singer Melissa Etheridge and partner Tammy Lynn Michaels in 2007. Credit: AP
Singer Melissa Etheridge tried to put a slight smile on her divorce from former actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, saying their decision to split was mutual. Turns out .....

The van der Sloot Syndrome: When Moms Go Cold

It's been a tough week for Joran van der Sloot -- and not because he seems to have officially come out as a serial killer. No, I'm referring to the fact that his biggest ally the last time he got into a sticky situation with a girl has essentially ...

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