Workplace Fertility Benefits

Fertility benefits have become a way for companies to recruit and retain talent, especially female and LGBTQ employees. A recent BBC story talks about the San Francisco "internet of things" firm Samsara and their decision to offer such benefits, including help with paying for surrogacy. The idea was suggested by a group of female employees [...]

2019-11-28T14:14:04+00:00November 28th, 2019|Fertility Law, Financial|

New Surrogacy Regulations

On June 26, 2019 Health Canada released a draft Guidance Document with long-awaited regulations on what expenses a surrogate may be reimbursed for. Scheduled to come into force June 9, 2020, they will be likely be welcome news for those practising in the fertility area. The list of eligible expenses is not exhaustive — the [...]

2019-08-27T15:55:14+00:00July 16th, 2019|Blog, Fertility Law|

Fe/male Infertility

If you are a would-be father with infertility problems, you might be advised to lose weight, take antioxidant supplements, and wear freeze-pack underwear to cool the testicles. Such treatments may be indicated because, according to a recent article the The Daily Mail, more than half the cases where couples face infertility are due to the [...]

2018-09-20T13:27:07+00:00September 20th, 2018|Blog, Fertility Law|

What is the price of an embryo?

What is the price of a human embryo? It depends. In some circumstances an embryo, once birthed, can trigger liability for child support. In other circumstances, as shown by a recent ground-breaking case from Ontario, it can be reduced to the status of "property" and dealt with accordingly -- as long as you're reimbursed for [...]

2018-08-14T21:24:13+00:00August 13th, 2018|Family Law, Fertility Law|

We’re Both Your Mama

Along with real life comes, amongst other things, questions and conundrums. For instance, a lesbian couple is embarking on having a child. One of the women (let's call her "Mary") will provide her egg to fertilize with donor sperm. The resulting embryo will then be implanted into her partner (let's call her "Jane") for gestation. [...]

2018-05-22T11:50:44+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Blog, Fertility Law|

Biological clock blood test

The proverbial "biological clock" starts ticking as soon as the human female is born. She starts with one to two million eggs, which drops to 300,000 by age twelve or so, and by the time she hits thirty she'll be down to about 30,000. Which is still okay. However, some women lose eggs faster. To [...]

2016-05-17T12:31:08+00:00May 17th, 2016|Blog, Fertility Law, Uncategorized|

Retiring? Not so fast…

It's okay to retire if you're creaky and over the hill. But if you're still young-ish and somewhat spry, and if you have obligations to pay spousal support, you'd better think twice. For example, if you're a spring chicken of only 51, and all that's wrong with you is sleep apnea, hemochromatosis (too much iron [...]

2016-02-04T11:06:36+00:00February 4th, 2016|Blog, Family Law, Fertility Law, Uncategorized|
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