Family Law Prof Blog

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

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Wife's Permission for Sperm Donations

From the Daily Mail:

A married woman whose husband donated sperm without her knowledge is calling for clinics to be forced to ask for a wife's consent.

The unnamed mother-of-one from Surrey said she feared that children fathered with the sperm – who would be half-brothers or sisters of her son – may one day 'disrupt' the family by getting in touch.

She has written to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority calling for guidelines on sperm donation to include the spouse's views – and says the sperm should be treated as a joint 'marital asset'. 

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Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

September 15, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Family Interest Group

An editorial in the Washington Post:

Of all the interest groups and voting blocs courted in a campaign, the family reigns supreme. Presidential candidates from both parties frame themselves as good for families and, by extension, good for the country. And while targeting families seems like an inclusive strategy, it’s actually very exclusive: Candidates speak mostly to the experience of middle-class, married parents. They rarely talk about the struggles of the 30 percent of parents who are not married or the 18 percent of families with children who are in poverty, trying to enter the middle class.

Read more here.


Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

September 14, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Family this Election Cycle

From Law Professors June Carbone and Naomi Cahn, writing on the Oxford University Press Blog:

The 2012 presidential election may turn on marriage. Not marriage equality, though President Obama may garner campaign contributions and enthusiasm from his endorsement of same-sex marriage, and Mitt Romney may garner financial support and emotional resonance from his opposition. And not concern about family instability, though the GOP’s grip on those concerned about family values is unlikely to loosen. Instead, this election may turn on the changing balance between the married and the unmarried. Marriage, especially when combined with parenthood, primes even committed liberals for more conservative views. A lot less marriage — with the Great Recession accelerating the move away from formal unions — increases Democratic chances.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Symposium at Iowa

The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice is holding its annual symposium on March 7-8, 2012. Titled Modern Families: Changing Families, Challenging Laws, the symposium focuses on three specific areas within family law: families of racial minorities, LGBT families, and family interactions with the criminal justice system. The Journal would like to invite legal authors of all perspectives to submit proposals for articles for the symposium to fill Volume 17 of our publication. Articles or proposal submissions, along with a curriculum vitae, should be sent to Iain Johnson at The submission deadline is October 30, 2012.

Download Call For Papers.


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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Child Support


HOUSTON, Texas – A new law aims to help fathers who are forced to pay child support for children who aren’t theirs.

“Statistically, there are 128,000 men in Texas who are paying child support for kids who aren’t theirs,” said Dennis Fuller, a Dallas attorney who specializes in family law.

Read more here.


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Monday, September 10, 2012

Marital Trio in Brazil

From CNN:

(CNN) -- Brazilian public notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues set off a firestorm by granting Brazil's first civil union to a trio, an act so unprecedented that there isn't a word for it in Portuguese.

Uniao poliafetiva is the label she created. "Polyfidelitous union" is her best guess in English.

The relationship involves three professionals in their 30s -- one man and two women -- who, she says, live together, love one another as equals and are like any other non-married cohabiting couple -- except they are three.

What Domingues did was legally register the trio as a "stable union," a civil union that extends all of the benefits of marriage, though there is debate about what rights the threesome will actually enjoy. In short, it recognizes the trio as a family entity for public legal purposes.

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September 10, 2012 in Marriage (impediments) | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)