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Divorce and the Family in America


November 1966


by Christopher Lasch

All ages imagine themselves more enlightened–and at the same time, no
doubt, more depraved–than their predecessors. Accordingly, we tend to
exaggerate the moral distance between ourselves and the Victorians. The
nineteenth century seems particularly remote to us in matters relating to
sex. Since the turn of the century, the Western world is supposed to have
undergone a “sexual revolution” which, for better or worse, irreversibly
altered the way in which the relations between men and women were
perceived. The “puritanism” of our ancestors, we suppose, gave way to
sexual freedom–depravity, if you like–and the evidence for this
proposition seemingly lies all about us: bikinis on the beach and skirts
above the knee; obscenity on stage and screen; increasing license among
adolescents; and, inevitably, in such a list, the “rising tide of
divorce,” as it used to be called. The fact that divorce is no

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What’s at stake in ‘RHOBH’ star Erika Girardi’s divorce from husband Tom after 21 years of marriage

Erika Girardi, who announced she was divorcing high-power lawyer Tom Girardi after 21 years of marriage, could see a sizable increase to her net worth.

The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star, 49, revealed in 2017 that she and the Erin Brockovich case lawyer, 81, did not have a prenuptial agreement in place when they married in 1999.

“Let me tell you something, let me be very clear. I’m married to a very powerful lawyer,” she told executive producer Andy Cohen at the time. “A prenup wouldn’t stand in his way anyway… It’s gonna be all Tom’s way, I assure you. He’ll rip that piece of paper to shreds in two seconds!”

Girardi, née Jayne, reportedly enjoys a net worth hovering in the ballpark of around $5 million to $15 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, thanks to the singer’s 2007 hit record “Rollercoaster.” The song reached No. 1 on

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Ginnie Graham: Don’t think criminal justice reform is done just because of one vote | Columnists

Oklahomans used an initiative petition for a statewide vote when frustrated by the lack of action by lawmakers. It’s how the state legalized medical medical marijuana and expanded Medicaid.

The first significant change to criminal justice came in 2016 with State Questions 780 and 781, which reclassified some petty drug and property crimes to misdemeanors and promised to move savings into crime prevention efforts.

The sky didn’t fall, but the Legislature hasn’t followed through with that savings shift.

The next move sought a policy change to prevent judges from imposing greater prison sentences on people convicted of new, nonviolent crimes based on past nonviolent felony convictions.

Oklahoma inmates spend more time in prison than counterparts in other states. Drug offenses get 79% longer sentences than the national average, and property crimes have 70% lengthier sentences.

About 80% of Oklahomans with a prior nonviolent conviction receive a sentencing enhancement, making that

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Govt to establish team to accommodate problems in jobs law – National

The government plans to establish an independent team to work on problems in the Job Creation Law amid moves from labor unions to file a judicial challenge against the controversial law.

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said the team would join academics and public figures to process and accommodate problems that might arise from the law.

“So that later in the process of improvement, either by judicial review, legislative review, or in creating the derivative regulations, all of these [problems] can be accommodated,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

The statement was issued amid plans from several labor unions to file a judicial review against the law with the Constitutional Court next Monday.

Read also: State Secretariat official sanctioned for errors in final draft of jobs law

Members of the unions have demanded for the law to be revoked over fears that it will undermine

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Cardone Equity Fund Investors: Last Days to Participate Actively in the Class Action Lawsuit

Investors with losses are encouraged to contact the firm before December 20, 2020; click here to submit trade information

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  The Portnoy Law Firm advises investors that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Cardone Equity Fund investors pursuant to Cardone’s public offerings. Investors have until December 20, 2020 to seek an active role in this litigation.

Investors are encouraged to contact attorney Lesley F. Portnoy, to determine eligibility to participate in this action, by phone 310-692-8883 or email, or click here to join the case.

It is alleged in the complaint that throughout the Class Period, Cardone made materially misleading and/or false statements and/or failed to disclose material fact regarding investors’ expected rates of return on their investment, among other things. The lawsuit seeks an award of rescission or rescissory damages and prejudgment interest under the federal

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Georgetown Law class teaches students how to fight for justice

But her school year began with an unusual class — one created to mark Georgetown University Law Center’s 150th anniversary and shaped by the realities of 2020 — that has, for many students, upended their ideas about rigid timelines for success, their expectations and even their aspirations.

Instead of a traditional course focused on an area of law such as contracts or torts, the school’s leaders crafted a more personal, broad-ranging look at leadership. It was a recognition that the tumultuous times are forcing a reckoning, and leaving many students yearning to have an impact.

Clearly, they touched a nerve: More than 300 upper-level students signed up for “Lawyers as Leaders,” the largest enrollment for a course in the history of Georgetown Law.

“This is definitely a time where the ground is moving,” said Max Lesser, a 28-year-old student from New Jersey. “Everyone realizes that the old paradigms of politics

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Gov Cuomo blames Bill de Blasio for decline in Democratic votes



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Governor Andrew Cuomo has blamed Bill de Blasio for the decline in Democratic votes this election after Republicans used images of the New York City Mayor to push their ‘law and order’ message in their campaigns. 

Cuomo said Republicans effectively used de Blasio’s face and boarded up businesses to link the Democrats to a rise in crime, looting and homelessness in New York City this past summer that conservatives argued would continue if liberals were re-elected. 

‘They ran de Blasio’s picture all over the state,’ Cuomo told WAMC radio on Thursday. 

‘Law and order that was their message and it resonated more than it should have.’ 

Republican senate candidates across the state criticized Democrats throughout the election campaign by repeatedly echoing President Trump’s ‘law and order’ motto amid violent protests. 

They used de Blasio’s face to argue that Democrats would be soft

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SCOV Law Blog: Court decides parentage issue in divorce involving polyamory

Editor’s note: This piece from the SCOV Law Blog is by Jacob Oblak.

Lanfear v. Ruggerio and Fennimore, 2020 VT 84

It’s 2020, and polyamory has arrived at the Supreme Court of Vermont (to be painstakingly clear, the issue has arrived at the SCOV). The combination of recently updated parentage laws and modern polyamorous relationships creates rather interesting, novel problems for trial courts. This is a case in point. (Side note: it’s worth reading Justice Carroll’s longer, more complete factual recounting, because she can really tell a story. If she ever writes a fiction book, I’ll be the first in line for a signed copy. Seriously, read the actual decision, and read between the lines. That’s all I have to say about that.)

So we start by mentioning in passing that in 2017, the Vermont Legislature adapted the laws regarding parentage to the 21st century by adding and

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Gascon Ouster of Lacey In DA Race A Huge Win For Criminal Justice Reformers: LAist

L.A. DA-elect George Gascon. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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George Gascon overcame a wall of law enforcement opposition to unseat two-term incumbent Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey in Tuesday’s election, marking the latest and perhaps most significant victory for the growing criminal justice reform movement in the U.S.

Although there are hundreds of thousands of vote left to count, Lacey conceded to Gascon Friday, with the challenger in the lead by 53.7% to 46.3%.

While he spent more than half his career in policing, Gascon, 66, says he now believes the justice system is deeply flawed. In the year of the George Floyd killing and the subsequent mass protests against police brutality and systemic racism, that message resonated with voters, even against

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Cele appeals to traditional leaders to allow law to deal with rapists

The minister met with traditional leaders on Friday from all parts of the country at Emperors Palace.

FILE: Police Minister Bheki Cele. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday pleaded with traditional leaders not to deal with rapists culturally, but to allow the criminal justice system to take its course.

Cele met with traditional leaders from all parts of the country at Emperors Palace.

Stock theft, rape, and alcohol abuse were at the top of the agenda.

• ALSO READ: Alcohol abuse biggest driver of crime in SA, says Cele

The minister did not hold back when he told traditional healers about their inaction when dealing with perpetrators of gender-based violence (GBV).

He said traditional cleansing did not stop crime.

“There is no imbuzi (a goat) here that is going to clean rape. We want to make a call to say, imbuzi or no imbuzi, the

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