Supporting You In Dealing With Trauma Why Trauma-Informed Lawyering is Crucial
This month marks the one year anniversary of the publication of the FSG’s report ‘What about Me’. The FSG (of which I am fortunate to be a member), was set up in early 2020 (as a multi-disciplinary sub-group of the Private Law Working Group, chaired by Mr Justice Cobb) to produce recommendations to improve the experiences of, and opportunities for, separating families away from the Family Court. The report, supported by the President of the Family Division, was widely publicised and launched via a webinar attended by over 400 family professionals.
15 February saw the introduction of a new law in New York state which legalises compensated gestational surrogacy arrangements. The Child Parent Security Act (the “Act”) brings in to force a range of provisions which formalise and regulate Surrogacy agreements.
Connie Atkinson, Senior Associate at Kingsley Napley, and Veronica Dindo, Solicitor at LawLab studio legale, look at the legal position in England & Wales and Italy and the recognition of foreign orders relating to the birth of children born following a surrogacy arrangement abroad.
We need to move away from legal disputes for separating families to help to build better relationships and cause less harm. Society’s approach to divorce and separation has to change. A report published today by the Family Solutions Group calls for a rethink.
We recognise that the last few months have been testing for many separated parents who have been co-parenting throughout the pandemic – with home schooling and juggling work and child care commitments between two households. With the uncertainty as to whether schools can safely reopen fully, some separated parents may well find themselves disagreeing on whether their child should attend in such circumstances.
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