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Important amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 for single biological parents

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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial) Order 2018 came into force on 3 January 2019.  This now allows single biological parents who embark on the journey of surrogacy to apply for a parental order; the making of which has the transformative effect of making that person the legal parent of their child. Prior to this statute did not permit a single applicant, despite being biologically linked to their child, to be recognised in law as the legal parent of their child following the surrogacy process. The groundbreaking case of Z (A Child) (No 2) [2016] EWHC 1191 (Fam)…

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Compensation payments on divorce – how are they treated?

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We are all aware of medical negligence claims or national tragedies, such as the Grenfell Tower fire, and here at CFLP, we are sometimes asked how annual grants to victims or beneficiaries from charitable, or other, trusts or compensation payments following personal injury cases, are viewed on divorce. Before dealing with this in detail, we set out a brief recap of the main principles which guide the Family Courts when making financial orders; the main factors are set out in s25 Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA), but  the overlying principles, following decisions made in the higher Courts, are:- The Sharing…

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Bereavement Benefits for Unmarried Partners

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Co-habitation has once again come under the spotlight with the recent Supreme Court decision that denying bereavement benefits to unmarried, cohabiting partners with children is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The case – An application by Siobhan McLaughlin for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2018] UKSC 48 – centred around the widowed parent’s allowance (‘WPA’) – a contributory, non-means-tested benefit payable to men and women with dependent children who were widowed before March 2017. Ms McLaughlin’s partner, John Adams, died on 28 January 2014. They had lived together for 23 years and had four children. In accordance…

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Habitual residence and child abduction – where are the boundaries?

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When a child is taken by one parent to a foreign country away from their other parent, emotions will always run high and the law will often be complex. Recently the BBC attempted to explore the legal minefield that is international child abduction law by covering the story of Tracy, whose daughter had been taken by her father, a Czech citizen, from Bradford to the Czech Republic. In the programme the BBC suggested that: ‘Under the Hague Convention, which governs cases of child custody waged across international borders, a child’s base is considered to be the country in which he…

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