Law & Legal

Impact Of A Single Parent Household On The Family

What do we know about single parents?  Due to an increase in the numbers of children born outside of marriage and the rise in divorce rates, there has been a three-fold increase in the proportion of children growing up in single-parent families since 1960.  ... read more »

IVF: Who Gets the Pre-Embryos After Divorce?

With advancements in reproductive technology, infertile couples are increasingly turning to artificially assisted conception procedures. When successful, these procedures can make dreams come true for the couples, but thorny legal issues arise if the couples divorce. ... read more »

Gay Male and Lesbian Parents: Adoption and Divorce

Gay male and lesbian couples typically raise children in three contexts. The first is where one of the partners is already the biological parent of a child.  ... read more »

Pregnancy, Maternity Leave and the Work Family Conflict

The two main federal statutes covering a pregnancy at work are the Family and Medical Leave Act ('FMLA') and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. ... read more »

The Contractual Concerns of Surrogacy

Each state has its own laws governing marriage and children, including laws that address surrogacy in very fine detail. ... read more »

State Laws Regarding Stepparent Rights and Obligations

A stepparent has been defined as a person married to the legal parent of a child. There are stepparents who legally adopt their stepchildren, and they are treated as biological parents under the law. ... read more »