Saturday, July 20, 2013

Stay-at-Home Parents' Access to Credit

From Margaret Ryznar, writing for the Huffington Post:

The rules  on stay-at-home parents' access to credit have been reversed twice in the past four years but, interestingly, without much media attention along the way. This is despite the fundamental impact of the reversals on stay-at-home parents' ability to open a card in their names or to extend their credit lines without having a joint account with their spouses.

Read more here and see the underlying law review article here.

MR

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Friday, July 19, 2013

IN Mom Fighting for Custody in Cyprus

From the Indianapolis Star:

In a desperate attempt to stay close to her two children, Marla Theocharides packed her belongings and moved in April from Northern Indiana to ­Cyprus, where her ex-husband has kept their kids for more than two years.

On a number of occasions, her attempts to spend time with Katerina, 7, and Marcus, 4, have been thwarted by their father, who has denied visitation and ignored an order from a court in South Bend that grants custody of the children to their mother.

It’s yet another international custody dispute, similar to that of another Hoosier mom who traveled to Greece earlier this year in order to get her son back. That case ended happily for Alissa Zagaris, whose son is now with her in Noblesville.

Read more here.

MR

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Baby Veronica's Mom Speaks

From Washington Post:

Christy Maldonado lives in Oklahoma. This month she filed a brief urging the Supreme Court of South Carolina to finalize her birth daughter’s adoption by Matt and Melanie Capobianco.

In the summer of 2009, I made the most difficult decision of my life: to place my baby, Veronica Rose, with adoptive parents. Many know her as “Baby Girl” or “Baby Veronica” because her adoptive parents and I fought all the way to the Supreme Court for Veronica’s right to be treated like a human being — not property owned by a Native American tribe.

I am Latina and not a member of any tribe. When I became pregnant, I was already a single mother with two children, in a relationship that was on the rocks. I thought hard about my options and decided I could not have an abortion. I was briefly engaged to Veronica’s biological father, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation, but our relationship was over by my third trimester.

Read more here.

MR

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Human Eggs for Research

From Naomi Cahn and June Carbone, writing for the LA Times:

In the United States, there is a competitive market in human eggs provided for reproductive purposes. An "extraordinary" egg donor can earn as much as $50,000 when she offers her eggs to an infertile couple. In California, however, that same "extraordinary" individual would receive nothing, aside from payment for her direct expenses, if she provided those same eggs for research purposes. That could change soon.

A bill co-sponsored by four female Democratic legislators would allow women to sell their eggs for research, just as men can sell their sperm. But is the proposal, which has gone to the governor after passage in both the state Senate and the Assembly, a good idea?

Read more here.

MR

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

CA Sperm Donor Bill

From the LA Times:

For at least two decades, the California family code stated that sperm donors were not to be considered the fathers of the children they helped conceive. That was supposed to protect both the men donating sperm — often anonymously and for money — and the women who used it to get pregnant but who didn't want the donor involved in the child's life. Two years ago, the code was amended to allow an exception when the donor and the woman had a written agreement to the contrary, signed before conception.

But the law hasn't kept pace with advances in assisted reproductive technology and changes in the public's perception of what constitutes a family. Today, families are defined more broadly, and a man is more likely to donate sperm to, say, a friend or an unmarried girlfriend who is trying to get pregnant through artificial insemination — and he is more likely to maintain a relationship with a child who is subsequently born.

A bill passed by the state Senate and awaiting action in the Assembly would smartly update the family code by giving some sperm donors legal recourse to argue for parental rights in cases in which the mother at first agrees and then changes her mind.

Read more here.

MR

Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Abortion in TX

From the New York Times:

The Texas Senate gave final passage on Friday to one of the strictest anti-abortion measures in the country, legislation championed by Gov. Rick Perry, who rallied the Republican-controlled Legislature late last month after a Democratic filibuster blocked the bill and intensified already passionate resistance by abortion-rights supporters.

Read more here.

MR

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