Spouses as Witnesses in Divorce Proceedings

Introduction In general, either spouse can testify in a ''no fault'' divorce proceeding, in a fault-based divorce proceeding, in a property settlement hearing, or in proceedings relating to custody determinations. While such testimony can be highly relevant in a divorce…

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Impact of Bankruptcy Laws on Divorce Generally

Traditionally, the entire gamut of matrimonial law has been a creature of state law, not federal law. As such, federal courts generally may not intervene in the marital area unless a particular issue comes into conflict with federal law. Bankruptcy…

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Is Surrogacy Right for Me?

Growing a Family Many prospective parents consider surrogacy or gamete donation because they can’t conceive and/or carry a child themselves. Thanks to advances in science and medicine, patients can receive donated eggs, sperm, or embryos, and surrogates can carry embryos…

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Potential Pitfalls to Avoid in Surrogacy or Gamete Donation

Science has given prospective parents a plethora of reproductive options that did not exist before. However, some options, although medically or even legally permissible, can be extremely complicated, risky, and/or expensive to pursue. The following is a list of assisted reproduction…

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The Basics of Using a Sperm Donor

For couples experiencing male infertility or for lesbian couples, the decision to utilize a sperm donor is an important one that should be carefully thought out and discussed prior to moving forward. From the legal perspective, here are FAQs about…

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Embryo Custody Battles

What happens to frozen embryos after a couple splits up? An Illinois court is determining whether a woman can have custody of and implant embryos over the objection of her ex-boyfriend, who provided the sperm that created the embryos. If the…

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Talking to Your Children about Surrogacy

Many clients are undecided or concerned about when and how to tell their child that he or she was conceived or born through surrogacy or gamete donation. Most research seems to indicate that children cope best with the information under the…

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Keeping It in the Family

Tips for intended parents who are considering a surrogate that is a friend or family member. Choosing a surrogate is a huge decision that takes many factors into consideration. However, most of the time it ultimately comes down to “what…

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