Thailand offers women foreign marriage classes

August 30, 2017 0 comments

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The Thai government is now offering classes to women who want to marry a foreign spouse and move abroad. These courses will be offered by the country’s Social Development Ministry and comes in response to a growing acceptance of interracial marriage in Thailand. As a result, some women see such unions as an opportunity to…

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Getting married abroad

March 1, 2017 1 comment

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ASK A FAMILY LAWYER In this regular column, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  Today’s query goes to Angela Sussens, a Partner in our Leeds office. “My friend is planning to marry a lady from Thailand in her country and then settling back in England with her. How do we…

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Same sex couple win legal fight over surrogate baby

April 26, 2016 1 comment

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A same sex couple have won a lengthy legal battle against a Thai surrogate mother. The men, one Spanish, the other American, had commissioned a child from the surrogate via an agency which has since closed. The resulting baby girl was born in January last year and given to the two men as arranged. But…

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75 year-old ‘kept out of England’ by her son

February 24, 2016 0 comments

A 75 year-old woman has been “kept out of her native country” by her son, the Court of Protection heard this week. The elderly woman was involved in a road accident in 1995 which left her with serious brain injuries. As a result the court later declared that she did not have the mental capacity…

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New surrogacy law for Thailand

August 1, 2015 0 comments

Thailand’s new law on surrogacy came into force this week. The Protection of Children Born from Assisted Reproductive Technologies Act is designed to protect children born through surrogacy and lays out the legal conditions all those involved in a surrogacy agreement must adhere to. The Act defines Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) as “any medical scientific…

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Couple ‘rejects’ disabled girl born by surrogate

August 27, 2014 0 comments

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A British surrogate mother claims she has been left to raise a baby girl after the commissioning couple rejected the child. The mother bore twins after the implantation of embryos , but the couple who had commissioned the births robustly refused to take the girl when they discovered that she had been born with Congenital…

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Surrogacy group fears international ban in Australia

August 4, 2014 0 comments

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An advocacy group in Australia fears the country will ban international surrogacy following a case involving a child with Down’s syndrome in Thailand. After paying a Thai woman $15,000 to have their children, an Australian couple refused to take the boy home due to his condition. It is currently illegal to pay for a surrogate…

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Step-father seeking adoption not required to notify biological father

April 19, 2014 0 comments

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A step-father seeking to adopt his wife’s child has been given permission to continue without notifying the biological father:- despite his having parental responsibility for the child, which would normally require him to be automatically joined into the proceedings. However in this complex case, the differences were highlighted between acquiring parental responsibility in a foreign…

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Mother wins court battle for the return of her daughter

October 13, 2013 2 comments

The High Court has ruled in favour of a mother caught up in a multinational residence dispute involving the US, Australia,  Thailand and the UK. The married couple lived in the United States, where their first child, a daughter now aged nine, was born. The family moved to Australia for a period, before returning to…

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