Are gay fathers better parents?

June 8, 2017 1 comment

family law

Gay men could be better parents than their straight peers, new research suggests. In an ongoing study from a PhD student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, parents were interviewed about how much they took an active interest in what their children were doing day-to-day and how much they took part.  The gay parents who…

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High Court rejects call for return of two year-old

May 30, 2017 0 comments

child contact disputes

An application for the return of a toddler to Ireland has been dismissed by the High Court. The case concerned a two year-old child girl born in that country. At the time her biological mother had entered a civil partnership with an English woman. The latter later told the court that she had already been…

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Louisiana denies gay couples domestic violence protection

May 29, 2017 0 comments

family law

Lawmakers in the southern state of Louisiana have rejected a bill which would give domestic violence protection to same sex couples. The so-called ‘Bayou State’ is one of only two states in the country which limits such protection to people in heterosexual relationships. The other is South Carolina. House Bill 223 (HB223) was supposed to…

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Couple ‘devastated’ after surrogate baby DNA shock

May 27, 2017 3 comments

family law

A gay couple in the Netherlands are “devastated” after they had to return a baby girl they thought was their surrogate daughter following a DNA test. Arnout Janssen and Stefano Franke desperately wanted to have children so they sought out a surrogate. Last year they found a woman online who was willing to carry their…

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Civil partnerships for all backed by majority

April 24, 2017 1 comment

civil partnerships

A majority of British people now support the extension of civil patrnerships to all couples regardless of gender, new polling suggests. Polling firm Populus surveyed a representative sample of 2,000 British adults aged over 18. A full 57 per cent – or three in five – agreed with the statement that the government should “allow…

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Texas must pay same sex couples $600K

April 20, 2017 0 comments

family law

The state of Texas has been ordered to pay two same sex couples more than $600,000 to cover their legal fees and other costs. Mark Phariss, his husband Vic Holmes, Cleopatra DeLeon and her wife Nicole Dimetman had all spent a long time fighting a legal battle against the Lone Star State’s ban on gay…

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Catholic Church ‘remains firm on family teachings’

April 17, 2017 4 comments

divorce

The Catholic Church has not changed its stance on a range of controversial family and social issues a senior cleric has declared. Cardinal Gerhard Muller is head of the influential Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the modern successor to the infamous Inquisition of the Middle Ages. In a lengthy interview, published as a…

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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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