Ban on Overseas Gay Adoptions

The Government advised Senators that it intended to put before the Senate the Family Law (Same Sex Adoption) Bill, the purpose of which was “to amend the Family Law Act 1975 to indicate that adoptions by same sex couples of children from overseas under either bilateral or multilateral arrangements will not be recognised in Australia.”… Read More »Custom Single Post Header

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Ban on Overseas Gay Adoptions

The Government advised Senators that it intended to put before the Senate the Family Law (Same Sex Adoption) Bill, the purpose of which was “to amend the Family Law Act 1975 to indicate that adoptions by same sex couples of children from overseas under either bilateral or multilateral arrangements will not be recognised in Australia.”

Both Senator Andrew Bartlett, leader of the Australian Democrats and Rodney Croome, well known gay activist, have expressed their concerns about the proposed Bill, the text of which has not yet become available.

Senator Bartlett’s blog
Rodney Croome’s blog

Things to Read, Watch & Listen

Submission to Inquiry Into Matters Relating to Donor Conception Information

On 24 February 2022, the Legislative Assembly agreed that the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee inquire into and report on the rights of donor-conceived persons to access genetic information about their donors.

Quick overview of Canadian surrogacy laws

I was delighted when Canadian surrogacy lawyer (and mum through surrogacy) Cindy Wasser from Hope Springs Fertility Law recently sent through to mutual clients her quick guide to surrogacy law in Canada.

Canada: Father Obtains Custody of Children and Is Awarded Almost $700,000 in Costs

In an extraordinary case, a Canadian court has ordered that two sons aged 5 and 7 live with the father and that the mother pay the father $677,610 in costs.