Family Law Prof Blog

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

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Surrogacy in New Jersey

From the New York Times:

And knowing that there are any number of ways that having a child by surrogate can end in heartache, they tried to protect against it. They had the surrogate legally renounce her right to the child, and had a judge pre-emptively order that their names appear on the birth certificate.

But for all their efforts, their case has become an object lesson in how much modern babymaking has outpaced the law, leaving even the most careful would-be parents relying on little more than crossed fingers.

On Wednesday the New Jersey Supreme Court deadlocked over how to handle the wife’s plea to be named the mother of the child that she and her husband are raising, ending a lengthy legal battle while providing little new clarity. The state had sued, successfully, to strip the wife’s name from the birth certificate. The couple argued this was discrimination: State law automatically makes an infertile husband the father if his wife uses a sperm donor, so why should the same presumption not apply to an infertile wife? An appeals court disagreed with that distinction, siding with state officials who argued adoption was the only option for a mother with no genetic connection to a child.

Read more here.


Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

October 27, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Oct. 30 Events

The American Family Association is encouraging parents to keep their kids home from school on October 30, a day many schools have designated Mix It Up at Lunch Day.  The program, started 11 years ago by the Southern Poverty Law Center, encourages kids to spend time with other kids they would not normally spend time with in an effort to stamp out bullying.  The AFA feels this project is "a nationwide push to promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools."  Maureen Costello, the director of the center's Teaching Tolerance project, calls it “a cynical, fear-mongering tactic.”  Read more here in the New York Times.


October 25, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Birth Certificates

From the Boston Globe:

It seemed like a minor adjustment. To comply with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in 2003, the state Registry of Vital Records and Statistics said it needed to revise its birth certificate forms for babies born to same-sex couples. The box for “father” would be relabeled “father or second parent,’’ reflecting the new law.

Read what happened next here.

Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

October 25, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Adoption Subsidies

A new blog post at the Huffington Post, written by Adam Pertman and Georgia Deoudes, highlights the importance of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980.  The Act, which requires states to provide subsidies to parents who are forming families through adoption, help a large percentage of low-income households.  Nationally, 46% of families adopting from care “are at or below 200% of the poverty level.”

Read more here.


October 25, 2012 in Adoption | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Springsteen in New Campaign

From USA Today:

An Internet-based campaign aimed at passing same-sex marriage initiatives in four states is getting a little help today from Bruce Springsteen.

The rocker's picture and a quote in support of marriage equality is featured in new content by The Four 2012, a social media campaign aimed at young people who live on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The goal is to pass ballot measures in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington that are on the November ballot.

Read more here.


October 24, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Conference at Buffalo

A recent conference at University of Buffalo Law School paid "tribute to two landmark anniversaries in the fight against domestic violence: the 20th anniversary of the Law School's Women, Children and Social Justice Clinic, and the 50th anniversary of New York State Family Court."  Read about it here.


October 23, 2012 in Scholarship, Family Law | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Trade in Breast Milk


German pediatricians have warned new parents against obtaining breast milk to feed their babies via social networking sites such as Facebook, cautioning the milk could be harmful.

The Professional Association of Pediatricians said that although mothers milk was generally the best option for a newborn, mothers unable to breastfeed should not acquire it over the Internet.

Read more here.


October 22, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)