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European Court of Human Rights: ART

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Article 8 (Right to privacy) of the European Convention on Human Rights under The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) unanimously decided in favor of a Romanian couple seeking the return of their embryos from a state-owned hospital. In the … Continued

Maryland Increases Options for Proving Paternity

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In its decision filed on December 4, 2017 in Faison v. MCOCSE, No. 1486, Sept. Term, 2016, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals clarified the availability of genetic testing to putative fathers doubting their paternity. Pursuant to Maryland law (FL … Continued

Collaborative Reproductive Amendment Act of 2015 Becomes Law

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  The Collaborative Reproductive Amendment Act, first introduced in January of 2015 and enacted on April 7, 2017, legalizes surrogacy and gestational carrier arrangements in the District of Columbia and sets forth best practices to parties to such arrangements.   … Continued

Student Loan Debt Solutions

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  The following post was written by Margie Hofberg of Residential Mortgage Center, Inc. Fannie has implemented some new policies that will make it easier for those owing student loan debt to qualify for a mortgage.  I’m sure most of … Continued

Fighting like Cats and Dogs: Divorce and Pets

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Recently, Christopher Mele of the New York Times wrote an article cataloging how pets have come to be heavily contested aspects in divorce proceedings.  Pets are most commonly viewed as personal property in domestic cases, but as of late that … Continued

NY Same-Sex Second Parent Adoption Ruling

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On October 12, 2016, a New York family court issued a ruling which affirmed the adoption rights of same-sex couples. Many married couples, especially same-sex couples, build their families through processes such as adoption and assisted reproductive technology. In cases … Continued

ABA Midyear Meeting

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On February 6th, the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates convened in Miami for its Midyear Meeting to debate and vote on the adoption of resolutions that span a variety of current issues including immigration, health care, and veteran’s benefits.  … Continued

Alcohol use and divorced families

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A recent study published in the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors journal focused on alcohol use among adolescents who had been through parental divorce or separation. This study found that adolescents with divorced parents tended to begin drinking alcohol at a … Continued