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Surrogacy arrangements – arrangements whereby a woman agrees to become pregnant and give birth to a child for another individual or couple – are amongst the most controversial methods of family creation. Access to surrogacy may depend on religion, geography, jurisdiction ...
Across the pond, there was a recent US case involving an unrelated adult (i.e. an adult who was not related to the child biologically nor by way of adoption) who applied for custody and/or visitation rights, when the relationship between ...
In today’s blog, we take an inside look at a celebrity custody battle that has been circulating in the news. We are referring to the very public and sometimes spiteful child custody battle for one-year-old daughter, Royalty, between Chris Brown ...
Step-parents inevitably become an important part of a child’s life.  However in the early stages of building that relationship there are some common pitfalls and step-parents should tread carefully. Here are some top tips to avoid getting into a war ...
One of the hardest things family lawyers have to deal with is international child abduction. This is where one parent or person with legal custody (now known as living arrangements setting out that the child is to live with them) ...
If you are a follower of celebrity news, it is unlikely you missed the reports that Britney Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline are back in court in Los Angeles.  Federline is seeking an increase in the current $20,000 he receives monthly ...
Child maintenance is financial support that the non-resident parent is expected to provide after a separation from the resident parent, or parent with care. When a relationship ends, co-parenting responsibilities do not – in fact they may require even more ...
In a recent interview for BBC Radio, Tom Hanks revealed that he was distraught by his parents’ divorce when he was a child.  In partic ular, he expressed how lonely he felt and that the most difficult part for him was ...
Amid ongoing custody litigation in both London and New York, Mr Justice MacDonald has ruled that the English proceedings could be halted to allow for compromise between the parties or continuation of US proceedings. The crux of the matter is ...
In the past 5 years a pioneering family court has saved public sector bodies £1.29m. The London Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) championed by District Judge Nicholas Crichton tackles drug and alcohol misuse in local authority care proceedings. The savings ...

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