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Monthly Family Law Archives: May 2016

Widow challenges French law against impregnating herself with a dead mans sperm

Widow challenges French law against impregnating herself with a dead man’s sperm

Maria Gonzalez, a Spanish widow, has asked the French government to surrender her deceased husband’s sperm so that she may bear his child. However, it... Read More

Father spies on daughter during residence dispute

Father spies on daughter during residence dispute

A father planted listening devices on his primary school-aged daughter’s clothing to record her conversations with a social worker as well as her... Read More

Parental order granted for same-sex couple despite surrogacy ban

Parental order granted for same-sex couple despite surrogacy ban

Mrs Justice Theis, sitting in the Royal Courts of Justice earlier this year, granted a parental order to a same-sex couple in the UK, concerning a child... Read More

When can or should a child be deprived of liberty?

When can or should a child be deprived of liberty?

The question of whether a child should ever be deprived of his liberty for his own safety must always remain a deeply fraught one. It is highly instructive... Read More

Human rights breaches and the care system

Human rights breaches and the care system

Mrs Justice Theis, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice last Friday, ordered Kent County Council to pay costs and £17,500 in damages to a fourteen-year-old... Read More

Marriage, divorce and millennials: long distance marriages

Marriage, divorce and millennials: long distance marriages

Many things have changed since the baby boomers were the age millennials are now. We’ve looked at how the rise of social media has effected marriage... Read More

Another family law app promises to relieve pressure on the courts

Another family law app promises to relieve pressure on the courts

The digital revolution continues its unstoppable march into the courtroom. An Australian start-up has developed an app which purports to assess the chances of... Read More

Redefining the traditional family: Lucy Lius gestational surrogacy

Redefining the traditional family: Lucy Liu’s gestational surrogacy

Actress Lucy Liu had her son through gestational surrogacy, where an embryo made from the intended parents’ ova and sperm through in vitro... Read More

Double standards in Australian attitude to commercial surrogacy

Double standards in Australian attitude to commercial surrogacy

A government report has supported recent calls to ban commercial surrogacy across Australia. The Senate committee supports altruistic surrogacy, but not its... Read More

Virginia now recognises the legal status of same-sex cohabitation

Virginia now recognises the legal status of same-sex cohabitation

In a ruling last week the Supreme Court of Virginia recognised the legal status of same–sex relationships and cohabitation, enabling a man to cease... Read More