Family law lawyers are used to battling over custody of children to a point that some of the most extreme cases almost become typical. However, family law and custody is reaching into a new frontier as reproductive technology develops and changes further expanding the definition of children and ultimately the purview of the custody attorney. Leaving the personhood debate aside as it is a more appropriate conversation for our legislators, as reproductive technology expands, family law lawyers and litigants are forced to ask tough questions about whether the division of eggs, sperm and embryos is an appropriate subject for the custody trial or if it's more aptly an issue of property distribution (which complicates the issue for unmarried couples who don't have pending equitable distribution trials).
With the whirlwind of publicity surrounding Caitlyn (formerly "Bruce") Jenner's coming out as transgender, the often overlooked issue of transgendered individuals and transgender children in particular has become hot topic. Of specific importance in the family law community are issues including transgender children's access to resources, support and facilities they need. This can become especially trying for families going through divorce and custody litigation in addition to struggling to adjust to life with a transgender child.
One of the most anticipated events in the celebrity world finally took place this past weekend, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West officially got married. The ceremony was held in Florence, Italy, with most of the pre-wedding activities taking place in Paris, France. Although this was probably the most talked about wedding since Will and Kate walked down the aisle, it seems most people either want to know all of the details, or would prefer to not hear about the wedding at all. Either way, there may at least be a few lessons we can learn from this week-long wedding spectacle.