Family law and the ‘non-conventional’ family

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March 21, 2017 7 comments

family life

What is a ‘family’? It’s a fundamental question, and one to which I suspect most people would expect a family lawyer to know the answer. However, I doubt whether many people, lawyers or not, even consider the question. To most a family (as against an ‘extended family’) consists of a mother, a father and their…

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Unrelated adult can sue for custody, court rules

August 31, 2016 0 comments

family law

Adults who are neither related to children nor their adoptive parents can apply for the right to visit them or take on their care, a US court has ruled. The case concerned a female same sex couple from Chautauqua County in New York state. They began their relationship in 2006 and it quickly became serious….

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Woman denied rights as parent in same sex divorce

June 27, 2016 0 comments

family law

A divorced woman cannot make parental decisions about her former wife’s daughter, a judge has ruled. The couple married in Washington DC in 2014 before buying a home in Knoxville, the third largest city in Tennessee. Shortly afterwards, they decided to have a child through artificial insemination. Their daughter was born in January 2015 but…

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Family Court refuses transgender man’s child contact bid

June 24, 2015 0 comments

family law

The Family Court has denied a transgender man permission to seek contact with his ex-partner’s daughter. The nine year-old girl at the centre of it all was referred to in the judgment as ‘Alice’. She was conceived by donor insemination. Her biological mother, ‘Rachel’ entered into a civil partnership with a woman identified as ‘Helen’…

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Lesbian mother wins appeal against residence order

March 31, 2014 0 comments

A woman who donated her eggs to her former lesbian partner has successfully appealed against an order awarding the partner sole custody. The couple in question met during the 1990s and formed a relationship. Eventually the couple decided to become parents and the woman (the ‘appellant’) donated eggs to her partner, and these were fertilised…

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Court warns of informal surrogacy dangers

March 6, 2014 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A DIY surrogacy arrangement which resulted in an extended legal tussle has been dubbed “a cautionary tale” by the High Court. The case concerned a woman unable to have children of her own. A friend agreed to be artificially inseminated with sperm provided by the husband of the first woman. The friend felle pregnant but…

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