LASPO, reporting restrictions and more

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March 16, 2018 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Government has finally launched its post-implementation review of the changes made to legal aid by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). The aim of the review will be to assess the extent to which the objectives of the LASPO changes (as explained here) were…

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A parental order, and a family law hero

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March 15, 2018 0 comments

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Any judgment mentioning the wonderfully named Sir Cresswell Cresswell, the first ‘Judge Ordinary’ of the Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes (more of whom in a moment), has to be noteworthy. And so it is with the judgment of the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby in Re X (A Child : foreign…

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‘Reform surrogacy laws’ says four-time surrogate mother

January 19, 2018 0 comments

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A veteran surrogate mother has called for reform of Britain’s aging surrogacy laws. Under the Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985, surrogate mothers automatically receive the legal status of parents to the children they carry, even if (as in most cases) they have no genetic relationship to them. Despite being no relation, the mother’s partner or spouse…

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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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Surrogate baby remains in legal limbo

September 5, 2017 1 comment

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The parental status of a baby boy born to a surrogate mother must remain unresolved because his biological mother has separated from his father,  the High Court has ruled. The baby, ‘A’, was born in the UK earlier this year via a ‘gestational surrogacy arrangement’ –i.e. an agreement in which an embryo is created from…

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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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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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