Dutch man illegally fathers 102 children

August 25, 2017 2 comments

family law

A man in the Netherlands may have illegally fathered as many as 102 children by donating sperm to multiple clinics. Men who wish to be donors in the country must sign a contract with their clinic of choice in which they promise they will not donate to other fertility centres. However this declaration is rarely…

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Marriage ‘doesn’t benefit health’

May 30, 2017 0 comments

family life

The common belief that married people are healthier than their single counterparts is not supported by the evidence a researcher has claimed. Dutch sociologist Matthijs Kalmijn examined data from the Swiss Household Panel, a long-term survey of over 11,000 Swiss citizens. Over its 16 year run, participants were polled each year on their health and…

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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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Non-EU parents ‘have right to live in Europe’

May 12, 2017 0 comments

family life

Parents from outside the European Union have the right to live in an EU country if their children are citizens, an international court has declared. In a decision which could have significant implications for British people as the UK prepares to leave the EU, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in favour of a…

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Online divorce project ‘on hold’

February 23, 2017 0 comments

online, family life

Development of an online mediation system for divorcing and separating couples in the UK has been suspended. Once completed, the site will offer advice and information on the various aspects of relationships ending and enable users to proceed as far as legally binding agreement if they wish. It was inspired by a similar system used…

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European Court of Justice considers jurisdiction in divorce

February 21, 2017 1 comment

children and divorce

A complex divorce dispute involving several countries was referred to the European Court of Justice for a ruling on jurisdiction. W v X concerned multinational parents. The father, ‘W’, was from Lithuania while the mother, ‘X’, was from the Netherlands but with also had family connections to Argentina. The couple married in the United States…

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Pakistan joins child abduction treaty

December 23, 2016 0 comments

child abduction

Pakistan has officially joined the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Asian nation becomes the 96th signatory to this international treaty, which was originally drafted in 1980. The Convention provides a way to arrange the speedy return of children who are abducted from one participating country into another, principally by…

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Marriages, civil partnerships and a family wedding

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August 25, 2016 3 comments

marriage

An interesting article in The Spectator  about the latest trend in marriage caught my eye this morning. It’s quite a prescient subject for me, coming as it does in the week my son finally took the plunge and married his fiancée and partner of some five years. The run-up to their weddings (yes, in the plural) has been filled with long months of planning. First off the civil ceremony, here in Harrogate, North…

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EU announces new marital property regulation

June 21, 2016 0 comments

family life

The Council of the European Union has announced a new multi-country regulation on the distribution of marital assets following divorce. If passed, the new regulation would implement “enhanced cooperation on jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regimes”. To date, 18 member states have expressed a willingness…

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