The April 2011 issue of International Law, Policy and the Family is available online here. The articles include: Lynn Welchman, A Husband’s Authority: Emerging Formulations In Muslim Family Laws; Maznah Mohamad, Malaysian Sharia Reforms in Flux: The Changeable National Character of Islamic Marriage; Jill Howieso
Statistics for 2009 showed 250,000 marriages in France and 173,045 registrations of a pacte civil de solidarité (PACS). France allows both opposite-sex and same-sex couples to enter a PACS, and 95 percent of the newPACS registered in 2009 were between opposite-sex couples. See Scott Sayare and Maïa De la Baume, In France, Civil Unions Gain Favor Over Marriage (N.Y. Times, Dec. 15, 2010).
As the Supreme Court begins its 2011 term, its docket includes Flores-Villar v. United States, docket no. 09-5801, a case challenging citizenship laws that distinguish between the nonmarital children of U.S.
As Katrinn Benhold reports: In Sweden, Men Can Have it All. Thirty five years after the Swedes instituted the concept of parental leave, and fifteen years after the law changed to make a portion of each family’s paid leave available exclusively to fathers, 85% of fathers take time off to care for children.
An interesting story in today’s New York Times by Choe Sang-Hun reports on the challenges faced by unmarried Korean women in who have decided to raise children as single parents. Of single women who give birth in South Korea, about 70 percent relinquish their children for adoption. The Times story is illustrated with a slide show.