Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Japanese Egg Donation


Upon returning from her trip to South Korea, a 30-year-old woman in western Japan suffered lower abdominal pain for several days. Her stomach became so bloated that she resembled a pregnant woman.

Despite the secrecy, the pain and the stress surrounding her visit to Seoul, she feels satisfied for doing some good for Japanese society.

The woman is one of at least 100 young Japanese who have traveled to Seoul and Bangkok over the past year to provide eggs for in vitro fertilization.

Japanese law does not allow women to provide eggs to others, forcing Japanese couples with infertility issues to go abroad for the in vitro procedure. They usually want the egg donor to be Japanese.

Read more here.


August 27, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Divorce in the South


While the Bible Belt is known for its devotion to traditional values, Southerners don't do so well on one key family value: They are more likely to get divorced than people living in the Northeast.

Southern men and women had higher rates of divorce in 2009 than their counterparts in other parts of the country: 10.2 per 1,000 for men and 11.1 per 1,000 for women, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday.

By comparison, men and women in the Northeast had the lowest rates of divorce, 7.2 and 7.5 per 1,000, which is also lower than the national divorce rate of 9.2 for men and 9.7 for women.


Values about premarital sex associated with the Bible Belt and rural America may be encouraging people to marry early, at ages when they are likely to have less education and less income to support a long-lasting marriage, according to Naomi Cahn, law professor at The George Washington University Law School and co-author of "Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture."

"There's a moral crisis in red states that's produced by higher divorce rates and the disparity between parental values and behavior of young adults," said Cahn. "There is enormous tension between moral values and actual practices."

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August 25, 2011 in Divorce (grounds) | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

In-Law Suites in Homes

From USA Today:

Tuer's renovation reflects an accelerating trend toward adding second units to homes, whether for extra cash or elder care. These tidy units — known as in-law suites, granny flats, sidekicks, backyard cottages or, in Australia, "kangaroo apartments" — serve multiple purposes at a time retiring Baby Boomers are trying to stay in their homes despite shrinking stock portfolios, adult children can't find jobs and aging parents need help.

Sometimes, they bring families closer together. And in the case of the late college football star Billy Bye (more about him later), they rekindled romance.

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August 25, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Family & London Riots

From IBB Solicitors:

A “family test” will be applied to all new domestic policy in a bid to prevent the scenes of rioting and looting which shocked England recently, the Prime Minister has said.

David Cameron confirmed that the coalition government will shift its focus to families, family law and parenting as it attempts to repair what he described as Britain’s “broken society”.

He told a youth centre in his Witney constituency that many of those who took part in the civil disorder did not have a father figure in their home life and had instead sought male role models on the streets.

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August 24, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Call for Papers: Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network

Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network

January 2012 Conference

Invitation and Call for Papers

The Feminist Legal Theory CRN is a newly-constituted group that seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. The inaugural meeting took place at the Law and Society Association meeting in June 2011; the next meeting will be held at George Washington University Law School on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, the day before the AALS annual meeting.

Paper proposals on any topic pertaining to legal feminism are being accepted until September 23, 2011. For instructions on registering, submitting a proposal, or participating in this and other activities of the Feminist Legal Theory CRN, please see the detailed information posted here: .


August 22, 2011 in Scholarship, Family Law | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Adoption in VA

From Pilot Online:

Gay rights advocates notched a victory Wednesday when the State Board of Social Services agreed to allow more time for public comment on proposed state adoption standards that lack protection against discrimination against gays and some other prospective parents.

But the extra 30 days granted by the board may do little more than delay the approval of the regulations, which govern private child placement agencies licensed by the state.

The extended comment period will begin next month and continue through Oct. 12, about one week before the next board meeting.

From there, the board has the option to approve the regulations as is or amend them.

Read more here.


August 22, 2011 in Adoption | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)