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Family Law Archive - March 2016

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Sherri Shepherd’s failed maternity suit and what it means for surrogacy contracts

Earlier this month, former The View co-host Sherri Shepherd lost her appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as she was found to be the legal mother of her surrogate son, born in August 2014 shortly after her marriage failed. In July 2014, Shepherd’s ex-husband Lamar Sally petitioned for full legal custody of the child, and has been... Read More

Closed hearts: Pope Francis considers allowing Communion for the remarried

Pope Francis has reopened a debate that his predecessors had declared shut: that of remarried Catholics receiving communion. Current Church law prohibits divorcees who have remarried from receiving the sacrament. The pope is expected to weigh in on the issue in the coming days. He had previously called together bishops from around the... Read More

Fiction vs Family Law: Star Wars’ Rey and child abandonment

For our second dip into the Star Wars Universe we’re going to be looking at the main character of The Force Awakens, Rey. Rey’s story has rather more obvious parallels with the real world than that of Kylo Ren (you can read about how he relates to family law here), but as before, this blog contains spoilers, so if you’re... Read More

Child protection within the family: a case study

Sitting before Her Honour Judge Purkiss in the East London Family Court, the London Borough of Newham was instructed to provide support and keep watch for the three children (aged six, five and three years old) of a man twice convicted of grievous sexual assaults against minors. The father in these proceedings was convicted in 2003 of attempted... Read More

Child protection from a criminal parent: a case study

Sitting before Her Honour Judge Purkiss in the East London Family Court, the London Borough of Newham were instructed to provide support and keep watch for the three children (aged 6, 5 and 3 years old) of a man twice convicted of grievous sexual assaults against minors. The father in these proceedings was convicted in 2003 of attempted... Read More

The first female lawyers (part 2)

In my previous post, we became acquainted with Arabella Mansfield and Charlotte E. Ray, two of the first women to be called to the Bar in the United States. In this post, I want to tell the stories of the first women to break into law from other parts of the world. India, China, New Zealand and Italy: four highly diverse jurisdictions divided... Read More

Fiction vs family law: Kylo Ren, cults and child custody

Next to Marvel, Star Wars is one of the biggest ever film franchises, and with at least four more films in the works following the success of The Force Awakens, it may well reclaim its place at the top. Now, on the surface, neither superheroes nor Jedi would seem to have anything to say about issues of family law, but having established that’s... Read More

The post-nup blues

If you have ever regretted not getting a pre-nup, there may be a solution: the post-nuptial agreement offers the same protection of assets, but can be signed well after the wedding. However, there is a darker element to the post-nup. While pre-nups may be common, especially among couples where one partner is substantially wealthier,... Read More

FGM and forced marriage: new UK statistics

Statistics have recently been released on forced marriage reports and reported FGM cases. Forced marriage reports The Forced Marriage Unit works on the Government’s forced marriage policy, outreach and casework. In order to achieve its aims, the Forced Marriage Unit operates inside the UK and overseas. When overseas, the Unit assists British... Read More

The ethics of cross-border surrogacy

In the wake of India’s ban on surrogacy for foreigners, the ethics of cross-border surrogacy are being re-evaluated worldwide. India’s surrogacy policies have turned sharply since 2008, when proposed legislation aimed to have surrogates automatically surrender their babies. (In the UK, the birth mother is considered the legal... Read More
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