High Court unable to rule on parentage of surrogate baby

January 2, 2018 1 comment

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A man living in London cannot be declared the legal parent of a toddler born to surrogacy, the High Court has ruled. The case concerned a former same sex couple whose marriage had broken down. While still together they had commissioned a child from a surrogate mother in the United States. The resulting daughter was…

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Needs, money, maintenance and more

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May 19, 2017 0 comments

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A Week In Family Law A multi-millionaire husband who was ordered to pay his wife the sum of £4.25 million after just 23 months of marriage has failed to have the award overturned on appeal. The husband, who is worth about £37 million, appealed against the award, claiming that it was more than was required…

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German parents granted parental order in English courts

January 17, 2017 1 comment

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A German couple has been granted a parental order in the English courts after they commissioned two children from an American surrogacy clinic. In AB (Surrogacy; Domicile), the children were referred to as ‘E’ and ‘F’. They were born in 2015 to a surrogate mother in Minnesota. Contact with her was brokered by the surrogacy…

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Not just another failed contact application

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November 22, 2016 0 comments

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As I’ve mentioned here before, I look at a lot of family law cases, at least glancing at hundreds every year. Goodness knows how many cases I’ve looked at since I began studying law forty years ago. Despite that, I still come across cases dealing with issues that I’ve not come across before. I guess…

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Surrogacy and the calls for reform

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November 1, 2016 4 comments

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I have written here many times of how the law reflects society, and must respond to changes in society. That is why the great divorce reforms of the 1960s happened, the law catching up with the reality of how people were living their lives and how they wanted to live their lives. Sometimes, of course,…

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A week in family law: FGM guidance, domestic abuse, adoption and more

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May 20, 2016 0 comments

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My pick of this week’s family law stories: An updated female genital mutilation (‘FGM’) resource pack containing guidance, case studies and support materials for local authorities, professional services and specialist voluntary organisations has been issued by the Home Office and Karen Bradley MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and…

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