High Court considers costs in surrogacy dispute

January 24, 2018 0 comments

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The circumstances surrounding an application for costs in a surrogacy dispute must be considered, a Family Court Judge has ruled. The surrogacy arrangement had been made by a former same sex couple. The resulting child, a daughter, was born in the United States and now lives in New York with her biological father, ‘Y’. His…

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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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Californian couple celebrate 75th wedding anniversary

June 18, 2017 0 comments

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An elderly couple in California celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this week. Anne and John Whitman married on June 13 1942 at the height of World War Two. They are now 95 and 102 years old respectively. The couple first met at a Halloween party in Manhattan the previous year, just five weeks before the…

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New York likely to raise minimum age for marriage

June 9, 2017 0 comments

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Senators in New York state have unanimously approved a  revised bill which would outlaw underage marriage. Currently children as young as 14 can marry with the permission of their parents and the local family judge. But if the new bill is passed into law, the minimum age of marriage in New York state will become…

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NY wife refuses $1 billion divorce settlement

April 7, 2017 1 comment

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The wife of an extremely wealthy property developer in New York City has reportedly turned down a divorce settlement worth $1 billion. The 79 year-old real estate mogul was apparently willing to give his wife half of his $2 billion (£1.6 billion) fortune in order to bring their marriage to an end last year. They…

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Infidelity more likely during travel abroad

February 6, 2017 0 comments

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People who visit other countries are more likely to be unfaithful to their partners, a new study suggests. Researchers from Columbia University in New York surveyed 215 students in relationships before they moved abroad. They were asked if they had been guilty of infidelity on several occasions. The first time was one month before they…

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A litany of procedural defects

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January 31, 2017 0 comments

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Sometimes it can be surprising just how far a case can stray from the procedural requirements designed to ensure fairness to the parties. I briefly mentioned the case Iqbal v Iqbal in my weekly review here last Friday, but I think the matters that arose in the case were so serious as to merit a…

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Same sex divorce can proceed, US court rules

December 30, 2016 0 comments

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A same sex couple can divorce in Pennsylvania, the State Superior Court has ruled after a lower court said it lacked the authority to end their union. Freyda Neyman and Florence Buckley entered a so-called ‘civil union’ in the north-eastern state of Vermont as long ago as 2002, PennLive reports. At the time, there was…

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