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Family Law Archive - 2016 - Page 9

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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 spouses succeeding in a financial settlement or child custody action. Across the world, rising costs of litigation (both in terms of representation and legal fees), have contributed to the... Read More

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 fertilization is implanted in a surrogate. “It just seemed like the right option for me because I was working and I didn’t know when I was going to be able to stop,” the Elementary... Read More

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 commercial equivalent. While the committee was firm on domestic matters, international surrogacy posed more of a problem. The committee argued that Australia is powerless to stop the... Read More

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 paying alimony to his ex-wife who is now engaged to another woman. The Supreme Court had ruled in 2014 that the State’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, so this latest... Read More

Meet the couple who Skyped in to their own wedding

Technology may be making it easier to maintain relationships over long distances, but few couples have considered tying the knot over Skype. Canadian Megan Radford and Bolivian Rolando Barrientos are the exception—while they were together in Bolivia during their wedding, the officiate and guests joined them from Canada via video chat.... Read More

Duty of confidentiality vs. duty of disclosure: child proceedings

Mr Justice Holman ordered, at Birmingham District Registry, that an application in child proceedings that he started to hear, be heard “from scratch” by a different judge, as notice was not given to the child’s parents or stepmother. A 15-year-old boy, currently the subject of care proceedings, was living with his father... Read More

Leicester City have won the Premier League, but what does football fanaticism do to a marriage?

Against the odds – 5000-1, to be exact – Leicester City won the Premier League earlier this week after Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 with Chelsea. We all know footballers can have high profile divorces, Ryan Giggs and Gary Lineker being two of the most recent examples, but does simply being a football fan put you at greater risk of... Read More

EU referendum: an uncertain future for families

If, on June 23, Britain votes to remain in the European Union following David Cameron’s renegotiation of its membership, Brussels will be obliged to amend several laws governing the lives of families in Britain. Under the guise of reducing European immigration, Cameron’s agreement could see dramatic changes to the lives of some families in... Read More

Digitalising family law proceedings: CFC pilot scheme to launch this summer

The Central Family Court (CFC) in London and its Financial Remedy Unit (FRU) is finalising a pilot scheme for electronically filing documents for all finance proceedings. Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Autumn 2015 statement that radical court reforms were being planned. He stated that “under-used courts will be... Read More

India’s surrogacy ban: a deep-freeze

Hundreds of eggs, sperm samples and embryos have been left on ice since India’s surrogacy ban for foreigners. Last October the Indian Council of Medical Research instructed fertility experts not to provide services to foreigners, but it failed to specify what should be done with genetic materials if the surrogacy process had already begun.... Read More
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