An Overview of the Surrogacy Process

Catherine Pearson of The Huffington Post recently wrote a comprehensive guide to the legal and medical ins and outs of artificial reproductive technology. For many couples who face infertility issues or are otherwise unable to reproduce, surrogacy allows for the creation of an embryo from the parents’ genes that may be carried by a genetic... Read More

Texting While Divorcing

Emotions can run high during divorce and custody battles, but it is important not to resort to angry text messages or other communications with an opposing party. Not only can this create additional stress for both parties, it can have negative repercussions for the divorce or mediation process. Even when texts are not intentionally threatening,... Read More

Unexpected Challenges in Reproductive Technology

A recent Washington Post article featured a couple facing a complicated yet increasingly common problem: deciding what to do with frozen embryos that they did not intend to put to use. Many families face this challenge when considering embryos from a previous relationship or after having children. Although this technology has permitted thousands of people... Read More

Study Shows that Shared Custody Benefits Children Most

Despite many divorcing parents’ concerns about their children’s adjustment and well-being, a new study published by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests that children of divorced parents demonstrate higher levels of mental health in a shared custody arrangement than when they live with only one parent after divorce.   This study, entitled “Fifty... Read More

Sogand Zamani Interview on Fox 5 News D.C.

Sogand Zamani was recently interviewed by Fox 5 News in D.C. on Sofia Vergara’s legal dispute regarding embryo disposition and assisted reproductive technology law.  View the interview here: Read More

Celebrity’s Battle over Embryo Ownership

Sofia Vergara, star of the sitcom Modern Family, is currently in legal battle with her former fiancé, Nick Loeb over the fate of two cryopreserved embryos created through in vitro fertilization six months prior to their split.  Loeb filed a lawsuit back in August 2014, which was recently amended in April 2015, under the pseudonym... Read More

Tax Liability for Compensation from Egg Donorations

Can the government tax income received to compensate an egg donor for her pain and suffering?  The United States Tax Court sought to answer that question in their opinion from January 22, 2015 in Perez v. Commissioner of the IRS. Nichelle Perez, a California resident learned about egg donation when she was in her early... Read More

Supreme Court to Review Same-Sex Marriage Cases

The Supreme Court announced last week that it would be tackling the issue of a same-sex couple’s right to marry.  The nation’s highest court will be answering two questions related to same-sex marriage: 1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex; and 2) Does... Read More

Divorce: Weighing Collaborative vs. Litigation

When considering whether to separate and divorce from a significant other, there are many considerations that come into play. The following chart provides an easy visual depiction of the differences between the traditional litigation (court) process and the collaborative divorce process: Collaborative v. Litigation Chart Collaborative process may be right for you if you are... Read More

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

With the holiday season approaching, November marks the beginning of that time of year when we stop and take time to give thanks for the important things in life, including our families and loved ones. As part of that thankful season, November has been recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month – making it a time... Read More