Congratulations to Tom Daley and his husband, Dustan Lance Black on the birth of their son, Robert Ray. Robert Ray was born on 27 June, via a surrogate. The news of the birth prompted us here on the family law team to think about how notions of parenthood are changing, with assisted reproduction methods widening the scope of family law.
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Latest articles from Amanda Masson
Parenthood dispute following assisted conception highlights the legal pitfalls around modern fertility
A recent decision at Edinburgh Sheriff Court considers issues about legal parenthood which will become more common as alternative family structures evolve. The case involved twins who were born via artificial insemination, whose mother asked the court to declare that her ex-partner was not a legal parent.
Dealing with claims by cohabitants on death – rights are not the same as for married couples in Scots law
Under Scottish law, cohabitants are not on the same footing as married couples are on the death of their partner. This legislation has given rise to legally complex and emotionally difficult cases which are unpredictable and impossible to quantify in terms of value. One recent case which reached courts highlighted the difficulties this situation can cause for grieving partners.
Divorce is generally recognised as being one of the most stressful life events someone can experience. The Family team at Harper Macleod have many years of experience in supporting clients to deal with the legal aspects of separation and family law issues generally, and offer a few practical tips to help you to support yourself during the process.
A recent child law case heard at Glasgow Sheriff Court, about which school a child should attend, highlights how current practice and procedure could perhaps be tailored to reach quicker, more efficient decisions in children's cases.