November 13

What are the significant subsequential ill health effects of a stressful marriage, especially in relation to men’s health?

Deborah Cornwall published on ABC online an article headed “Stressful marriage more likely to kill men, study finds”.

A Danish study of 10,000 men and women aged between 36 and 52; conducted over 10 years, has concluded that an unhappy marriage can triple the prospects of a premature death to the male in it; with the prognosis worse still when the man is unemployed.

Deborah Cornwall:

“The study found 6 per cent of men and 4 per cent of women went to an early grave.”

November 13

Defacto or not? What’s marriage got to do with it?

Nicola Berkovic writing in The Australian newspaper reports “De facto couples have differences to married counterparts, judge says.” This article refers to the recent decision of BENEDICT & PEAKE [2014] FCCA 642 from the Federal Circuit Court at Parramatta, Sydney; where Judge Harman notably said:

“.. a de facto relationship may be described as ‘marriage like’ but it is not a marriage and has significant differences socially, financially and emotionally.”

There is nothing remarkable in this statement, as one reading of the article might have suggested.

November 13

Is the Taxation Commissioner to become the invisible man in family law money cases?

Having watched Rosie Batty’s inspiring challenge to Jo Hildebrand after his comments that “to say that you’re going to not report a case of child abuse or child sex abuse by your partner because you are scared for your own safety, I’m sorry it’s not an excuse”, was inspiring because of her deep personal tragedy which lies beneath her courage to speak out in the way she has.
Luke Batty’s murder was a tragedy. In response the Victorian Parliament is considering a law, which could see a mum incarcerated for not reporting abuse.

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