TEXAS HOOPS LEGEND FACES DIVORCE COURT

While the Dallas Mavericks season was a disappointment to fans in Fort Worth and around the nation, hope is strong for a rebound next season.

Of course, the basketball playoffs continue without the Mavs, with their Texas rivals, the Spurs, headed to the NBA finals. The Spurs’ biggest star, Tim Duncan, is headed at the same time to court with his wife who has filed for divorce.

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PROGRESS MADE IN INTERNATIONAL CHILD CUSTODY DISPUTES

With the strong presence of the U.S. military in and around Fort Worth, child custody disputes can often reach across Texas borders and sometimes even international borders. A number of international child custody disputes have involved U.S. citizens and citizens of Japan.

As the Washington Post noted recently, there has been pressure on Japan to join the international child custody treaty to “address concerns that Japanese mothers can take children away from foreign fathers without recourse.”

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EVOLVING GENDER ROLES RESHAPE DIVORCE

Gender roles in society continue to shift; and that shifting makes itself evident in a variety of venues, including popular culture and in the law.

Take a look at child custody, for instance. In a not-so-distant past, it was automatically assumed by virtually everyone in Fort Worth that a mother in a divorce would get custody of the children rather than the father. Not so today.

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RESEARCH: BEING SINGLE IS HEALTHIER THAN BEING IN A BAD MARRIAGE

Even when something sounds right and feels right, it’s often good to have research to show that that something is right. In this case, researchers studying divorce say they’ve come to the conclusion that it’s better for a person’s mental health to get out of a bad marriage than to stay in it.

Being alone is better than being in a bad relationship, according to the new study reported on in Fort Worth media.

The University of Michigan psychiatrist who led the study said that people who are in marriages with critical or unsupportive spouses are much more likely to suffer serious depression than those who are single.

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