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Philippines: Supreme Court Rules on Psychological Incapacity as a Ground for Nullity of Marriage

(May 28, 2021) On May 11, 2021, the Philippines’ Supreme Court announced that it had modified the interpretation of the requirements of psychological incapacity as a ground for declaring the nullity of marriages in court. The requirements are set forth in article 36 of the Family Code, which provides that a marriage contracted by any […]

Russian Federation: Supreme Court Rejects Mother’s Petition to Change Children’s Names without Father’s Consent

(Apr. 19, 2021) On January 28, 2021, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation issued a ruling that clarified the circumstances in which a divorced parent may change a child’s first name, patronymic name, and last name without the consent of the other parent. This decision confirmed the equal rights of the parents regardless of […]

New Zealand: Bill Providing for Bereavement Leave Following Miscarriage Passed

(Mar. 26, 2021) On March 24, 2021, the New Zealand Parliament unanimously passed the Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill (No 2). The Bill “makes it clear that the unplanned end of a pregnancy by miscarriage or still-birth constitutes grounds for bereavement leave for the mother and her partner or spouse, and that the […]

England: Permission to Appeal Granted in Case Requiring Court Order for Puberty-Blocking Treatment for Transgender Teenagers

(Mar. 19, 2021) On January 18, 2021, the High Court in England granted the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust permission to appeal a High Court ruling that children under 16 cannot give informed consent to receive puberty-blocking treatments, which effectively stopped both treatment and referrals for children under the age of 16 to the trust’s […]

South Korea: Abortion Decriminalized since January 1, 2021

(Mar. 18, 2021) Abortion became decriminalized in South Korea effective January 1, 2021, when the provisions of Act No. 293, the Criminal Act, that criminalized abortion became invalid. (Criminal Act, Act No. 293, Sept. 18, 1953, arts. 269–270, amended by Act No. 5057, Dec. 29, 1995.) The decriminalization of abortion was the effect of a […]

Germany: Amendments to Adoption Law Enacted

(Mar. 16, 2021) On February 18, 2021, the Act to Improve Support to Families That Are Adopting (Adoption Support Act) was published in the German Federal Law Gazette. The Adoption Support Act aims to modernize adoption law and improve adoption placement procedures to safeguard the best interests of the child. In particular, questions of open […]

England: Government Proposes Ban on Housing Children Under 16 in Unregulated Accommodations

(Mar. 11, 2021) In response to a consultation (survey) launched on February 12, 2021, on the provision of unregulated accommodations for children in care, England’s government recently announced its intention to amend regulations to prohibit children under 16 years old from being placed in independent or semi-independent accommodations. This type of accommodation is not required […]

Denmark: Parliament Votes to Initiate Impeachment Proceedings against Former Immigration Minister

(Feb. 19, 2021) On February 2, 2021, the Danish Parliament voted to initiate impeachment court proceedings against former Minister for Immigration, Integration and Housing Inger Støjberg for issuing a directive in 2016 requiring the automatic separation of asylum-seeking spouses when either spouse was under the age of 18. The directive was in force during February […]

Switzerland: Parliament Votes to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

(Jan. 25, 2021) On December 18, 2020, the Swiss Parliament adopted an amendment to the Swiss Civil Code that allows same-sex couples to enter into marriages. In addition, the amendment opens up sperm donation from a domestic sperm bank to married lesbian couples and extends the presumption of parenthood to the woman not carrying the […]

Italy: New Law Contains Measures on Visas, Territorial Waters, Virtual Proceedings in Drug Trials, and Refugee Centers

(Jan. 22, 2021) On December 20, 2020, Italy’s government issued Law No. 173 of December 18, 2020, which contains new measures concerning visas, vessels in territorial waters, virtual proceedings in drug trafficking prosecutions, and refugee center security and detainee welfare. New Provisions on Student Visas, Resident Visas for Refugees The new legislation allows foreign students who […]