June 30, 2022

UK court allows posthumous use of embryo despite lack of written consent

In a recent decision, the family division of the High Court of England and Wales allowed a husband to use an embryo created by in vitro fertilization with his wife for birth by surrogacy, even though the wife (who died after creation of the embryo by IVF) didn’t provide written Read more…

June 24, 2022

Parentage committee finishes discussion of multiparent provisions for children conceived by sexual intercourse and starts discussion of donors

In June, BCLI’s Parentage Law Reform Project Committee finalized its discussion of whether multiparent configurations should be extended to conception by sexual intercourse. This topic has been the subject of discussion for several consecutive meetings starting in March 2022, and continuing at the April 2022 and May 2022 meetings. Who Read more…

June 9, 2022

Supreme Court of Canada considers the significance of biological ties of parenthood in assessing the best interests of the child

In a decision released late last week, the Supreme Court of Canada commented on the diminishing significance of biological ties of parenthood in determining who a child’s guardian should be. B.J.T. v J.D., 2022 SCC 24, was a case with “a long, complicated history,” which the court summed up in Read more…

June 1, 2022

Parentage committee continues discussion of multiparent provisions for children conceived by sexual intercourse

BCLI’s Parentage Law Reform Project Committee held two meetings in May, focusing on continued discussion of whether multiparent configurations should be extended to conception by sexual intercourse. Discussion of this broad issue began in March 2022, and continued at the April 2022 meeting. Setting a number of permissible parents The Read more…

April 28, 2022

Parentage agreements the focus of April 2022 parentage committee meeting

At its March 2022 meeting, BCLI’s Parentage Law Reform Project Committee continued its review of the rules in part 3 of the Family Law Act that apply to parentage of children conceived by sexual intercourse, focusing in particular on whether legislation allowing multiple parents should be extended to cover children Read more…