No Forced Parenthood Here

Jessica used her eggs, and Timothy used his sperm, to create embryos. One of them was implanted into Jessica, and a child resulted. The remaining embryos were frozen. Then the couple divorced. They had signed a contract saying that if they divorced, the remaining embryos would be discarded. But Timothy changed his mind and wanted [...]

2019-12-13T15:37:46+00:00December 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Losing My “Religion”

Custody battles might get more complicated, if such a thing is possible, thanks to what the Canadian government wants to do to religion. They don't intend to do anything to religion itself, of course, but section 1(7) of their proposed Bill C-78 amendments to the Divorce Act says the family law notion of "religion" will [...]

2018-12-15T17:37:03+00:00December 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Blowing Up Your Wedding Dress

Blowing up your wedding dress when your divorce is finalized raises several interesting questions. Would Collaborative Law have been a better option? What does it say about the issue of blame? And what does it say about the tailoring of the dress itself? Starting with the last of these, there is no indication whatsoever in [...]

2018-11-30T13:04:45+00:00November 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Dog’s Best Interests After Divorce

What should we do with a dog from a broken home? Under the law, the answer has traditionally been quite simple: dogs and other pets are property, in the same category as silverware and automobiles. A dog's best interests after divorce do not come into play — the only thing that matters is who has [...]

2018-10-16T12:27:46+00:00October 16th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

New Parentage Law in Ontario

On January 2, 2017, a new parentage law will come into effect in Ontario. Known as Bill 28: All Families Are Equal Act, it is an amendment to the province's Children’s Law Reform Act. There are many new exciting changes as a result, including the following: A (sperm or ova) donor is not a parent [...]

2016-12-22T08:23:48+00:00December 22nd, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|

Embryo Lawyers Up

If you poke at a human embryo, will it say something? Will it at least wriggle uncomfortably? Can it somehow give a lawyer instructions, perhaps through gesture? The answer, as far as science knows, is no. So if an embryo launches a lawsuit to, say, prevent itself from being flushed down the toilet, it's going [...]

2016-12-20T08:39:57+00:00December 20th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|

Kinder Tinder

British women can now using a mobile phone app to choose a sperm donor to sire their child. Created by London Sperm Bank Donors, it appears to be the first service of its kind in the world. Dubbed "Order-a-Daddy" or "Kinder Tinder" by journalist wags, the app offers various "filters" to narrow down the list [...]

2016-09-30T09:04:31+00:00September 30th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|
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