Same sex couples caught in legal limbo over Channel

October 23, 2017 2 comments

family law

A multinational same sex couple face the prospect of having to abandon plans to move to France. London-based Leandro Barreto and François Souyri have now been together for nine years. They entered a civil partnership in 2008 and later took advantage of the option to convert civil partnerships into a full legal marriage, as well…

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Women outnumber men in same sex divorce

October 18, 2017 0 comments

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A total of 112 same sex couples divorced in 2016 and nearly 80 per cent of these were female, the Office for National Statistics has reported. Although a small number, last year was only the second year in which divorce between same sex couples has been an option since the introduction of gay marriage in…

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Israel drops opposition to gay adoption

September 1, 2017 0 comments

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The Israeli government has now officially dropped its opposition to the idea of same sex couples adopting children. Earlier this week, the country’s Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs filed a brief with the Israeli Supreme Court which said they had “no objection to the practice”. This came in response to a petition filed from…

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Fertility clinic error caused ‘hurt and distress’

August 11, 2017 1 comment

family life

The female partner of a woman who gave birth to a child following fertility treatment is entitled a declaration of parenthood, the High Court has ruled. The couple in question lived together but were not married or in a civil partnership. They underwent fertility treatment at a clinic in Nottingham regulated by the Human Fertilisation…

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UN criticises Australia’s refusal to let gay couples divorce

August 7, 2017 0 comments

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The United Nations has criticised Australia for not allowing same sex couples who married abroad to divorce. Australia’s Marriage Act 1961 states that “Certain unions are not marriages” and that any which takes place in another nation, even if that country does have marriage equality, “must not be recognised as a marriage in Australia”. Gay…

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Are gay fathers better parents?

June 8, 2017 1 comment

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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

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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

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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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