A Texas Appeals Court has ruled a woman who conceived via anonymous donor egg and sperm from a platonic friend is the legal mother of the twins she delivered according to Court House News.
Cindy Close and Marvin McMurrey III took their case to Court after they couldn’t agree on whether they planned to co-parent the children or whether Close would simply carry the children as a surrogate for McMurrey and his partner, assuming no role in the children’s upbringing.
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McMurrey sued her two weeks later, seeking a declaration that he is the child’s father and that Close was “surrogate or gestational carrier” without parental rights, however Close issued a counterclaim for child support, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, infliction of emotional distress, conspiracy and malicious prosecution.
The judge declared both McMurrey and Close to be the legal parents of the twins.
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In 21 US states, adultery is actually a crime, whereby offenders can be charged, and if convicted face a fine. Accordingly to USA Today, that number could soon reduce to 20 as the New Hampshire state Senate voted on Thursday 17 April to repeal its anti-adultery law, by sending the bill to the Governor, who is thought likely to sign it into law.
“I don’t think there’s any appetite in New Hampshire to use police powers to enforce a marriage,” New Hampshire state Rep. Tim O’Flaherty, the bill’s sponsor, said during a public hearing in March 2014.
Cheating on your spouse can even be grounds for losing your job. This is particularly true in the military, where adultery has a maximum punishment of a dishonorable discharge and confinement for one year, according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. In the past eight years, 30% of the commanders fired lost their jobs over sexual misconduct, including adultery, the Associated Press reports.
Thailand divorce lawyer Jiraporn Thongpong of Bangkok based law firm Chaninat & Leeds, comments, “I am not surprised by this development. The general trend in Western Courts is toward No Fault divorce. However, Thailand’s Court system is more traditional, and adultery is a ground for divorce and cna have real consequences for boith the adulterer and the unfaithful spouse. However, although adultery is a ground for divorce in Thailand, and a civil claim can also be pursued against the adulterer, adultery is not a criminal offense in Thailand.”
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