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Denmark: New Family Law Regulation: Co-Mother from Birth

(Dec. 11, 2013) On December 1, 2013, the new amendment to Denmark’s Børneloven (Child Act) that allows the non-birth mother in a lesbian relationship to become a co-mother immediately at the birth of the child, entered into force. The new legislation gives legal certainty to couples who previously could become co-parents only through adoption proceedings […]

Israel: Property Division in Divorce Agreement Voided After Wife Discovers Husband’s Fraudulent Double Life

(Dec. 6, 2013) Judge Tova Sivan, President of the Tel Aviv Family Court, established a new precedent in her November 4, 2013, decision that voided a final divorce agreement’s division of marital property. (Family Court (TA) 6771-07 Anonymous v. Anonymous, NEVO LEGAL DATABASE [by subscription] (last visited Dec. 2, 2013).) In this case, after the […]

Kenya: Parliament Passes Matrimonial Property Bill, Affects Equal Sharing of Assets in Divorce

(Nov. 18, 2013) On November 12, 2013, Kenya’s Parliament passed the Matrimonial Property Bill, 2013, with key amendments that some argue will adversely affect the ability for stay-at-home women to gain an equal share of assets in divorce. (John Ngirachu, MPs Pass Contentious Matrimonial Property Bill, DAILY NATION (Nov. 12, 2013).) The amendments passed due […]

Israel: Minimum Marriage Age Raised to 18

(Nov. 12, 2013) On November 4, 2013, the Knesset passed the Marriage Age Law (Amendment No. 6), 5774-2013 (Israel's parliament) passed the Marriage Age Law (Amendment No. 6), 5774-2013. (Marriage Age Law (Amendment No. 6), 5774-2013 [in Hebrew], Knesset website (hereinafter Amendment Law); for an authorized English translation of the original Marriage Age Law, see […]

New Zealand: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed

(Apr. 18, 2013) On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, THE <?NEW ZEALAND HERALD (Apr. 17, 2013).) The bill amends the Marriage Act 1955 to add a definition of “marriage” that states that […]

Australia: Australian Parliament Votes Down Two Marriage Equality Bills

(Sept. 26, 2012) On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012, Parliament of Australia website (last visited Sept. 24, 2012).) This action followed a vote taken on […]

New Zealand: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes First Vote

(Aug. 30, 2012) On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. 29, 2012).) The 80-40 vote in favor of the bill means that it will now be referred […]