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New fathers may need help with depression: study

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Becoming a father may raise a young man's risk of depression, according to a new U.S. study that suggests helping men at this stage could improve the wellbeing of entire families. "We know a lot about mothers and maternal depression and the effect that it has on children and we're just now starting to learn about paternal depression," lead author Dr. Craig Garfield said.

Divorce rate up 13-fold from 1950s: study

SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's divorce rate in the 2000s was more than 13 times higher than in the 1950s as more couples parted ways amid rapid social change, a government study showed Thursday. According to the study by the government-run Korea Legal Aid Center for Family Relations, the country's crude divorce rate, which indicates the number of divorces per 1,000 people, came to 2.72 in the 2000-2010 period, compared with 0.20 in the 1951-1959 period.

More men get alimony from their ex-wives

By Geoff Williams (Reuters) - If Hugh McSharry's marriage had come to an end a generation ago, he might have felt uncomfortable accepting alimony. But when his divorce was finalized almost two years ago, in February 2012, McSharry had no qualms about asking a court for spousal support. Nor did he receive any blowback from family or friends or even his ex-wife.

British couples to get increased paternity leave rights

Britain announced Friday final details of a plan enabling couples to share parental leave after the birth of their child in a bid to help working mothers and give fathers more time with their children. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the proposals "challenge the old-fashioned assumption" that women should always be the parent that stays at home. Working couples will be able to share any remaining leave and pay they have after the two-week recovery period mothers must take off after birth, according to details of the scheme published by the government.

Three things to consider before you ask for a pre-nup

By Geoff Williams NEW YORK (Reuters) - You could say Jennifer Fugo, 33, is part of a new prenup generation. She and her husband aren't rich. Fugo is a certified gluten-free health coach in Philadelphia and her husband - who just came off a four-year stretch of unemployment - works in post-production television. But Fugo's father, a physician, always insisted that his two daughters get a prenuptial agreement before getting married. Fugo and her sister both have some real estate - single-family homes - that they'll someday inherit.

Baby stays with mother for now in custody fight with Olympic skier

By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - A nine-month-old boy will for now remain with his mother, a court ruled on Monday, in a custody battle with the baby's father, Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller, that has raised questions about the rights of pregnant women to relocate.

No. of new multicultural couples falls last year

SEOUL, Nov. 21 (Yonhap) -- The number of new marriages between South Korean and foreign spouses dropped 4.8 percent from a year earlier in 2012, marking the second straight year of declines, a government report showed Thursday. According to the annual report by Statistics Korea, the number of marriages between multicultural couples came to 29,224 last year, compared with 30,695 the previous year. Accordingly, the portion of marriages between multicultural couples out of the total number of weddings reached 8.9 percent last year from 9.3 percent tallied in the previous year.

Lesbian ex-partner has parental rights: Florida Supreme Court

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - A woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner can share parental rights to the child, the Florida Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. The 4-3 ruling directs a lower court to work out joint custody and visitation details, based on the best interests of the child, a 9-year-old girl.

Beijing divorces soar over property tax

Beijing's divorce rate has soared as couples seek to avoid a property tax imposed earlier this year by using a loophole for those whose marriages end, state media reported Tuesday. Nearly 40,000 couples divorced in the Chinese capital in the first nine months of this year, up 41 percent on the same period in 2012, the Beijing Youth Daily said, citing official figures. In March China introduced a nationwide capital gains tax of 20 percent on the profits owners make from selling residential property.

Wives hired rabbis to kidnap, torture husbands: U.S. prosecutors

By Dave Warner (Reuters) - A pair of Orthodox Jewish rabbis hired themselves out for years to unhappy wives who wanted their husbands kidnapped and beaten until they agreed to divorces, federal prosecutors in New Jersey said on Friday after arresting 10 men they said were involved in the scheme.
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