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Vol 24 No 10 Oct/Nov 2019

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Same-Sex Parenting and the Best Interests Principle

ISBN13: 9781108497190
To be Published: March 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00

This book is written for academics, students, policymakers, practitioners, and non-governmental organisations interested in the legal recognition of LGBT+ parenting. The book presents arguments in favour of the legal recognition of gay and lesbian families that are based on consideration of the best interests of the child. In this context, 'best interests' is informed by reference to children's rights and to social science data. Applied in this manner, it is argued that the best interests of children can be used to demand that same-sex parenting arrangements are afforded legal recognition and protection. Suggestions are also presented as to the most appropriate manner of providing for this recognition in the areas of parental responsibility, adoption, donor-conception and surrogacy. These suggestions are drawn from comparative case studies, focusing on England and Wales, Ireland and South Africa, that are used to facilitate assessment of the best interests principle.

Family Law
1. The Best Interests Principle: Theoretical Understanding
2. The Best Interests of The Child: Sociological and Psychological Research
3. Parental Responsibility
4. Adoption
5. Donor Conception
6. Surrogacy