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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 […]

Israel: Law for Removal of Guardianship from Parents Convicted of Serious Domestic Offenses Adopted

(Jan. 15, 2021) On December 14, 2020, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed legislation to remove guardianship from a parent of a minor child when the parent has been convicted of the murder or attempted murder of the child’s other parent or the parent’s other children, or of raping or sodomizing any of the parent’s children. […]

Italy: Parliamentary Investigation Commission Established to Review Protection of Minors in Care

(Sept. 18, 2020) Law No. 107 of July 29, 2020, a new law creating a Parliamentary Investigative Commission to investigate the activities of family-type communities providing care for minors, entered into effect in Italy on September 12, 2020. Mandate of the Commission The role of the Commission is to investigate the current situation of minors […]

Germany: Court Rules Day Care Assignments More than 30 Minutes from Home Unreasonable

(Nov. 20, 2019) In a decision published on August 2, 2019, the Higher Administrative Court of Rhineland-Palatinate held that the city of Mainz, Germany, cannot fulfill its legal obligation to provide children three years and older with day care that is a reasonable distance from their home by assigning them a place in a center […]

Israel: Court Rejects Mother’s Request to Rename Child Against Father’s Will

(Nov. 8, 2019) On October 4, 2019, the Nazareth Family Court in Israel rejected a mother’s request to add an additional first name to her minor daughter’s name against the will of her father. The minor’s parents are divorced. (File No. 53030-09-17 C.S. v. Y.A. (decision by Deputy Court President Asaf Zaguri, Oct. 4, 2019, […]

Austria: Legal Right to Paternity Leave Expanded

(Oct. 29, 2019) On September 1, 2019, an amendment to the Austrian Paternity Leave Act (VKG) entered into force. (VKG § 14, para. 19.) The amendment gives fathers of babies born after December 1, 2019, the legal right to take unpaid early paternity leave for one month immediately following the birth of the child (“daddy month”). The […]

Italy: New Law Enters into Force to Protect Victims of Domestic and Gender Violence

(Sept. 9, 2019) On August 9, 2019, new legislation related to protecting victims of domestic and gender violence entered into force in Italy. (Law No. 69 of July 19, 2019, Amendments to the Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure and other Provisions on the Protection of Victims of Domestic and Gender Violence (in Italian).) Changes […]