November 22, 2017

Cross Recognition of Thai- American Parentage

An Illinois court ruled in favor of a Thai woman recognising an American as her child’s father

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An Illinois Court has ordered a man to pay child support in Thailand to triplets he had fathered through assisted conception methods.

Justice Lampkin of the Circuit Court of Cook County ruled in accordance with a judgment order from Thailand recognizing Harlow to be the biological father of triplets conceived by gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) and imposed child support obligations on him.

The mother, Wipaporn T. petitioned the Circuit Court of Cook County to recognize and enroll the Thai judgment under the principles of comity.

Harlow tried to get the petition dismissed under  claims that it contradicted an Illinois Parentage law that does not recognize sperm donors as fathers. However, Harlow had signed the consent form for the transfer under “husband”. Wipaporn also submitted photographs showing Harlow and herself participating in a traditional Thai marriage.

The Illinois court ruled that since Harlow had acted like the father prior to conception and had “plans to claim the three boys as dependents, take tax deductions for his support payments to them and enable them to access their rights of U.S. citizenship,” he must support the three children.

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Equal Rights to Child Custody for Missouri Man

The state of Missouri passed a new child custody law which gives the parents equal rights to child custodyfathers-day-822550_960_720

A new law was passed in Missouri on Friday by Governor Jay Nixon and championed by State representative Kathy Swan.

The new shared-parenting law aims to equalize the amount of time parents spend with their children. Swan, in her address to the legislative assembly, spoke of the vast disparity between the duration of time children spent with their dads in comparison to their mothers.

On the other hand, Thailand Child Custody law does not favor women over men in custody decisions according to Thai attorney, Jiraporn Thongphong.  However, in practice women are often found more suitable in custody decisions due to the men’s full time work schedule.

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