European Court of Human Rights: ART

Article 8 (Right to privacy) of the European Convention on Human Rights under The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) unanimously decided in favor of a Romanian couple seeking the return of their embryos from a state-owned hospital. In the case, Nedescu v. Romania, a husband and wife had successfully used a medical clinic to... Read More

Maryland Increases Options for Proving Paternity

In its decision filed on December 4, 2017 in Faison v. MCOCSE, No. 1486, Sept. Term, 2016, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals clarified the availability of genetic testing to putative fathers doubting their paternity. Pursuant to Maryland law (FL § 5-1028), a signed Affidavit of Parentage establishes a legal finding of paternity. Thus, when... Read More

UPDATE Regarding Adoption During the U.S. Government Shutdown

In the wake of the U.S. Government Shutdown, the Office of Children’s Issues under the State Department will remain open and operable for the time being. This news came following an emergency alert posted to the State Department website on January 20th stating that services will continue “as the situation permits”. The U.S. Citizenship and... Read More

Collaborative Reproductive Amendment Act of 2015 Becomes Law

  The Collaborative Reproductive Amendment Act, first introduced in January of 2015 and enacted on April 7, 2017, legalizes surrogacy and gestational carrier arrangements in the District of Columbia and sets forth best practices to parties to such arrangements.   The bill accomplishes four chief goals: Specifies rights between intended parents and children. Provides that... Read More

Student Loan Debt Solutions

  The following post was written by Margie Hofberg of Residential Mortgage Center, Inc. Fannie has implemented some new policies that will make it easier for those owing student loan debt to qualify for a mortgage.  I’m sure most of you are aware through media reports or other sources that student loan debt is a... Read More

CDC and FDA Warn Against the Use of Sperm Donors in South Florida

Recently, the CDC and FDA have issued statements regarding sperm donations for three counties in South Florida. Since June 15th 2016, there has been cause for concern that sperm donated in Broward, Miami Dade, and Palm Beach counties is at risk for being infected with Zika virus.  The concern for these specific counties arose out... Read More

Fighting like Cats and Dogs: Divorce and Pets

Recently, Christopher Mele of the New York Times wrote an article cataloging how pets have come to be heavily contested aspects in divorce proceedings.  Pets are most commonly viewed as personal property in domestic cases, but as of late that trend is shifting. Mele details the story of a dog by the name of Gigi,... Read More

NY Same-Sex Second Parent Adoption Ruling

On October 12, 2016, a New York family court issued a ruling which affirmed the adoption rights of same-sex couples. Many married couples, especially same-sex couples, build their families through processes such as adoption and assisted reproductive technology. In cases where one or both parents are not the biological parents of the children, additional steps... Read More

ABA Midyear Meeting

On February 6th, the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates convened in Miami for its Midyear Meeting to debate and vote on the adoption of resolutions that span a variety of current issues including immigration, health care, and veteran’s benefits.  Among the twenty-nine resolutions that were adopted was Resolution #113, which urges the U.S. Department... Read More

Alcohol use and divorced families

A recent study published in the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors journal focused on alcohol use among adolescents who had been through parental divorce or separation. This study found that adolescents with divorced parents tended to begin drinking alcohol at a younger age than children whose parents remained together. Children of divorced parents were also more... Read More