In The Legal’s Family Law supplement, read about cryogenics and divorce, transgender marriage in Pennsylvania and autism in family court.
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Cryogenics and Divorce: When Science Outpaces the Law
Although in vitro fertilization, the external fertilization of the egg and subsequent implantation of the fertilized egg into the mother’s uterus, has been utilized for a number of years, the development of cryogenic techniques has added a new dimension. Read more
The Uncertainty and Reality of Transgender Marriage in Pennsylvania
It is undeniable that the transgender community has been gaining greater public attention in the last several years. While activists have been working for decades to increase acceptance, the high-profile case and transition of Chelsey Manning and celebrities like Chaz Bono, Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, combined with the integration of transgender story lines in shows like “Transparent,” have helped the community gain traction within the mainstream—increasing awareness about the difficulties faced by individuals with gender dysphoria.
An Amicable Divorce? It’s Possible: Just Follow These Rules
If you ask someone to list three words that come to mind when they think of divorce, “amicable” most certainly would not be one of them. Although divorce is, by its nature, emotionally draining and financially complex, it does not also have to be highly contentious and litigious. As an attorney practicing exclusively family law, whenever I mention the concept of an amicable divorce to clients, nine times out of 10, people look incredibly surprised. Read more
Four Basic Divorce Process Options to Consider
The initial choice a prospective client must make after deciding to pursue a divorce is the process that she or he will use to address decision-making related to child custody, property distribution and cashflow (child support, spousal support, temporary alimony and alimony).
Autism in Family Court–What the Bench and the Bar Need to Know
Family court judges deal with a variety of complex issues on a daily basis. Some of the issues are amusing; who gets custody of the dog, who gets the plaid chair, or who gets to keep the thimble collection. But when children are involved, the case becomes more complicated, especially when issues like mental health, mental or physical disability and developmental disability arise. In fact, the latest concern in family courts is a result of the sharp increase in the number of children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which has revealed that our courts are not prepared to handle cases with ASD individuals and families.
Parties in Dependency: Proper Notice and Participation Is Essential
The stakes in a dependency matter are extremely high. Indeed, one’s parental rights over his child could be forever terminated in such a matter, so it is imperative that the parties involved receive sufficient notification of the hearings which take place and are given a full opportunity to participate.