About this blog

Family law is shaped by and helps shape our worlds. It changes all the time, propelled by the diversity of our families and our experiences. It matters (and should matter) to many of us. Whether or not we think about the law, we are subject to it. That’s why I started this blog.

Many topics in family law fascinate me. I hope to create a forum for intelligent and sustained discussion of some of the more compelling family law issues. I have started here with questions of parentage–who are the parents of a child. It’s not as simple as it seems. But it is a terribly important one. By building slowly, case by case, story by story, I hope to slowly develop a rich and layered understanding of what it means to be a parent, one that perhaps, some day, the law can learn from.

The purpose of this blog is not to teach the law of any particular state or country.  You may find other websites that attempt that task. I do not. Instead, I want to promote a conversation about what the law should be. Looking at the law of different places (be they different states or different countries) is helpful because it gives us examples to react to and talk about.  My hope is that you will join me in the project and that the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts.

2 responses to “About this blog

  1. Hi there Julie, this is Tim Murphy, a journalist in NYC. Would you kindly forward this query to your networks?

    For the magazine Details, I am trying to do a story on straight men who sperm-donor to their family or friends and then play a “part-time” (or less) role in the raising of the child: limited responsibility yet limited rights and involvement. I am looking primarily for men under 50 who can talk about their experiences with “partial parenthood.”

    Can you pass this around and help me in any way? I’d much appreciate it! I need to find a few good men in the next few days. I can be reached at timmurphynycwriter@gmail.com.

    Thank you!

    Tim

  2. I wrote an article making the case that third party gamete donation conception is morally wrong and should not be legal. The article happens to discuss this general question in the context of the same-sex marriage issue. The url is http://www.newdemocracyworld.org/culture/sameletter.html .

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