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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 17, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, February 17, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 21 Problems with divorce California style Women's lib changing judicial attitudes to By CHARLES FOLEY .London Observer LOS ANGELES "There's this outrageous backlash from male judges who've hated Reagan, who was divorced from actress Jane Wyman in 1948, said then from the husband, so that if some day she needed his support she need only putting their own interpretation on women's liberation. "They like to use would be all right to make women equally responsible in divorce settlements judges don't often see it that way. The law allows them wide discretion in mak-< today are saying they don't want anything from men. We're taking them at their says Judge years; and now they can say: 'You're liberated, so get out and work.' Other attorneys note that not a law would remove "the sideshow elements" from divorce in California, where it is practically as common for an increase in alimony. Since then, a few other states have taken the step of granting alimony their whipping says one feminist attorney. "And this is particularly hard on middle aged women opportunities, pay and control of marital property were says Elizabeth Spalding, head of the decisions about "spousal and the courts "are buying the concept that women today should support McCarty, of the San judges have had to but more held a job for cisco Superior Court, one of many around the nation which are taking a new look at the vexed question of alimony in the light of women's themselves. It was four years ago that former California Governor Ronald Reagan signed into law the state's "no years later, it happened: a Hollywood couple got divorced, and the judge awarded alimony, sorry, spousal support, to the up their alimony and child support laws. The day is approaching, it seems, when alimony to either party will be a thing of the whose work skills are rusty." Lawyer Beverly Savitt cites the case of a California housewife approaching for the National Organization of Women. "But they're not." Feminists argue that part says Los Angeles County Judge William Hogoboom. "If they wish to, the trend now is to give them tion and changing divorce laws. The judge observed that it was "no longer startling" to see the man awarded support if his former wife had earned more than he; but some of us are startled, anyway. And many feminists are angry. "I think some judges are just having their says Mary Dunlap, a California lawyer who is Bill, taking implication of "guilt" out of divorce, even renaming it "dissolution." No longer need courts name a "guilty party" who would be punished for cruelty or philandering. Henceforth the court would divide community property equally, and the status of alimony was symbolically altered by renaming since he was earning a mere a year, while she a pop singer who has recorded several albums and was pulling in royalties from TV commercials made more than a year. The ex husband, a music copyist, was given custody of the two eldest children of the marriage, and a month from his ex wife. She got these days are getting stingier with awards and granting them for shorter periods of time. California's -Marin County, for example, has set up guidelines limiting both the amount and duration of alimony. Women, of course, are still the major recipients, and many sociologists say that the reason alimony awards two high school age children whose last job was 18 years ago: she took it to help her ex husband through medical school. The alimony and child support payments she was awarded are not enough to keep the family in the style they were used to; yet if she gets a job, the sum may be reduced by one half of her income. She has to have a career is that a woman has stayed home and looked after his needs and their children's needs and she should be compensated for that in a divorce. "Feminism doesn't say that a woman who has given up 20 years of her life and given up her own career to help a husband is not entitled to argues attorney skills." In practice that means that instead of the indefinite term awards of the past, which ended only if a woman remarried, alimony now tends towards a short, fixed term sometimes described as "rehabilitative." As one judge recently put it: "A job is the best therapy for a newly divorced woman so much better than letting her tive in the support." younger sons, and is because go out and look for at home, brooding." Stethoscopes contribute to mental retardation? HALIFAX (CP) Using a stethoscope to monitor the heartbreat of an infant during birth is the best way of contributing to mental retardation, says gynecologist Dr. Kenneth Scott. The stethoscope is an inadequate instrument and cannot provide information on the state of the fetus during labor when an unborn infant can suffer brain damage, he said in an inter- view. Dr. Scott is associate professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at Dalhousie University here. Electronic machines to monitor fetal heartbeat are available and they would be far better investment by society than the cost of a lifetime of custody and parental heartbreak caused by a child's mental retardation. A slow heartbeat can be detected immediately with the machine. "You have to know the fetal heart rate during labor to evaluate the status of the Dr. Scott said. "The stethoscope won't give it to you because of background noise. We need a better way, during and im- mediately after contractions, to detect early signs of the child's lack of oxygen. "They don't cost very much. But if you weigh it against the cost and heartbreak, the cost becomes meaningless against the cost of protecting the fetus during labor. "They are not commonly used. It is rare for a woman to have monitoring of the baby's status during labor. A stethoscope will pick up the problem only when the baby is in terrible trouble." Another protection against mental retardation during labor is the Friedman curve. If every woman had a Friedman curve rate plotted, it would reduce the rate of mental retardation dramatically. The Friedman curve indicates the natural progression a mother's labor can be expected to follow and shows abnormal labor when it is happening, not many hours later. Landers Dear Ann Landers: When 1 read that letter from the mother who felt guilty because she-had five girls and no sons I wanted to wring her neck. Doesn't she realize that the same problem exists for women who produce nothing but boys? In the first iryears of our marriage I gave birth to six sons. My husband offered me if I'd get pregnant again and try for a girl. I told him to go jump in the lake. To make matters worse, my husband's two brothers had all-boy families. (One four, the other five.) Every time I had a son, my in-laws, without coming right out and saying so, made me feel as if I had done them a dirty trick. I thank God for my normal, healthy boys. I refuse to feel even the slightest twinge of guilt. Please, Ann, publish this letter for all mothers who are dissatisfied with the sex of their children. Remind them of the thousands of couples who can't have a family and would be thrilled with either a boy or a girl. Then perhaps they will count their blessings. Lucky Me Dear You: One nice thing about having six sons is that somebody else will be paying for the weddings. Have a good day, honey. Dear Ann Landers: A while back you printed several letters from readers who in- sisted that when they spoke gently to their plants and flowers they flourished beautifully. Will you please tell me if yelling at weeds will stunt their growth or maybe even'kill them? Logical in Lubbock Dear Logical: I checked with two horticulturists and neither one gave me any assurance that yelling at weeds would make a darned bit of difference. So save your pipes. Dear Am Landen: I hope you will print this letter for so-called well-meaning friends who know your hus- band is running around but keep quiet because they "don't want to break up a marriage." I agree they should keep their mouths shut that's not my complaint. What burns me up is AFTER the word is out and the divorce is in the works, they tell you with a smirk and a half-smile, "I knew about it all along." A divorce is bad enough without finding out that your friends (and relatives) knew what was going on behind your back. You start to wonder, "How many people did they discuss it You begin to recall the parties you and your husband went to together and wonder if your friends were looking at you and thinking, "What a My advice is, if you happen to know, keep it to yourself forever. Trying To Hold My Head Up In Hartford Dear Trying: I'm with you. Dear Ann: I'm a 29-year-old divorced woman who was lonely and became involved with a married man. Before I knew it he moved into my apartment with his two sons, 12 and 14 years of age. Then I learned he had lied about his wife. She did not die in a car accident. They were divorced and she lives in Florida. He also told me his parents were dead. They live right in this town. He failed to mention he had two older daughters who make their home with his sister. When I brought up all these things, he said he didn't want to talk about the past. My question: Should I consider marriage to a man even though I can't believe a word he says Doubtfil Dear D.: It's up to you. Do you want to be married to a liar a man you will never be able to trust? If to, go ahead. GETATOYOTA FOR LESS THAN VEGA OR PINTO. REBATES AND ALL! Despite all the rebates you can get on Vega and Pinto, the Toyota Corolla 1200 still costs less than either one of them. Look at the check list. You get more for your money on a Toyota when comparing the lowest priced models. What the check list doesn't show you is all the space inside. There is actually more room for passengers and more trunk space than in a Pinto. Take our Toyota Corolla 1200 out for a test drive, and put your foot down. You'll find it's really a peppy little performer, with plenty .of power for passing and highway cruising. And along with that performance comes terrific gas mileage, too. We thought you should have the facts straight from the shoulder. YU IA Suggested Basic Retail Price of Lowest Priced Models: MODEL FEATURES: 4-speed full synchromesh transmission Power assisted front disc brakes Electric rear window defroster Fully reclining front bucket seats Rear quarter flipper windows Radial ply tires Variable ratio steering 3-speed heavy duty heater Deluxe bumper guards (front and rear) Heavy duty battery Rear seat heater ducts Tool up paint Total Suggested Retail Price: LESS REBATE: COROLLA 1200 (2 dr Sedan) STD STD STD STD STD STD STD STD STD STD STD STD___________ VEGA (2 dr Coupe) Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available -200.00 PINTO (2 dr Sedan) STD Not Available Not Available STD Not Available Not Available -200.00 TOYOTA PRICE ADVANTAGE IS OVER VEGA, OVER PINTO. Don't forget you still pay finance charges and provincial sales taxes if applicable on the full price of a Vega or Pinto. "HEY TOYOTA, YOU'RE TERRIFIC (Based on manufacturers' suggested list prices at time of publication. not dtstination, and delivery chirgei. and provincial taxes because these factors vary from region to region. (Toyota FOB points, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver.) ;