Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sperm is Property, According to Court in British Columbia

From Impact Ethics:

A recent family law case from British Columbia, J.C.M. v A.N.A., (here) illustrates some of the complexities involved in resolving these types of disputes, and highlights a key difference in the way the law treats gametes and embryos.

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Ultimately, the court concluded that the sperm straws were “property” and ordered them to be divided between the two women in accordance with the separation agreement. The parties did not appeal the Court’s decision. In reaching its decision, the court found that the right to procreate was not engaged because A.N.A. would not be the biological or legal parent of any child conceived by T.L. from the sperm. The court refused to address the best interests of the existing or any future children.

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MR

August 24, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Celebrity Children

From Slate:

Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry testified before California's Assembly Judiciary Committee last week in support of a bill that would draw a press-free line around celebrities’ children. SB 606 increases monetary and prison-time penalties for any conduct that “seriously alarms, annoys, torments, or terrorizes” a “child or ward,” and that “serves no legitimate purpose.” It might mean more legal recourse for families traumatized by the incessant shouts and flashbulbs that drove even Gandhi to reflect, “I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.”

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MR

Hat Tip: SH

August 23, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Difficult Making Friends

From the New York Times:

Our story is not unusual. In your 30s and 40s, plenty of new people enter your life, through work, children’s play dates and, of course, Facebook. But actual close friends — the kind you make in college, the kind you call in a crisis — those are in shorter supply.

As people approach midlife, the days of youthful exploration, when life felt like one big blind date, are fading. Schedules compress, priorities change and people often become pickier in what they want in their friends.

No matter how many friends you make, a sense of fatalism can creep in: the period for making B.F.F.’s, the way you did in your teens or early 20s, is pretty much over. It’s time to resign yourself to situational friends: K.O.F.’s (kind of friends) — for now.

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MR

August 22, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Postnuptial Agreements on Rise

From USA Today:

If you think prenups are controversial, brace yourself. Postnups are on the rise.

Postnuptial agreements — similar to prenups, but for married couples — are gaining acceptance, with nearly all 50 states now allowing them. The agreements can cover everything from how to divide financial assets in divorce to limits on partners' weight gain, just as prenups can. And in a survey of divorce lawyers by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 51% saw an increase in postnups and 46% saw no change from 2009 to 2012.

Now that the Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, experts say more postnups could be in the offing.

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MR

August 21, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

College Hook-Up Scene White & Wealthy

From Slate:

The vast majority of published research on hookup culture, mine included, focuses on the gender dynamics: the extent to which college women are empowered or disempowered by their experience with hookup culture. Media coverage of the phenomenon has followed suit.

Gender, however, is not the only way to slice the data. Buried in the statistics is information about who is participating in the hookup culture more or less actively. And, it turns out, not everyone on campus embraces the scene equally. Only 14 percent of students hookup more than 10 times in four years and these students are more likely than others to be white, wealthy, heterosexual, able-bodied, and conventionally attractive, according to quantitative studies of hookup behavior. Students who do not fall into these categories hook up significantly less and are more likely to disapprove of or be uninterested in the whole endeavor. To give you an idea of why, I’ll briefly discuss what we know about the attitudes and behaviors of African-American versus white and working-class versus middle-class students.

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MR

Hat Tip: SH

August 20, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Same-Sex Divorce

From the New York Times:

Mr. Cardinal cannot remarry — to do so would make him a bigamist in states like Massachusetts or New York that recognize his previous nuptials. And although he and his husband did not combine their assets, the lack of an official document certifying the end of their marriage carries financial risks.

“I didn’t realize this could potentially be an issue, that we couldn’t divorce when we wanted to,” Mr. Cardinal said. “That was really upsetting.”

The Supreme Court’s ruling last week striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act has been hailed as a victory for gay couples who wish to marry. But it has also offered new hope to people like Mr. Cardinal who are stuck in a marriage they cannot dissolve.

In a highly mobile society, state bans on same-sex marriage have in many cases made untying the knot far harder than tying it in the first place. But the language in the court’s decision is broad enough, legal experts say, to provide a basis for challenges to state laws.

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MR

August 19, 2013 in Divorce (grounds) | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)