With a no-deal situation becoming an ever-increasing prospect, there is a feeling of uncertainty around what couples and families could face if they are involved in legal disputes in a post-Brexit climate. Children In the UK, families have enjoyed protection under domestic laws such as the Family Law Act 1986, which contains provisions relating to…

In a landmark victory for those advocating for the rights of unmarried couples, the Supreme Court ruled that denying a widowed parent’s allowance to an unmarried mother and her four children was unlawful. Siobhan McLaughlin, a 46-year old special needs classroom assistant and mother to four children, aged 15 – 23, had been fighting the…

Surrogacy arrangements – arrangements whereby a woman agrees to become pregnant and give birth to a child for another individual or couple – are amongst the most controversial methods of family creation. Access to surrogacy may depend on religion, geography, jurisdiction and sexual orientation. There is no clear international consensus on the legality of surrogacy…