About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Friday, 11 January 2008

The twins separated at birth who married each other

The BBC has reported that twins who were separated at birth married each other without knowing they were related.

The British couple have been granted an annulment by the High Court after they discovered that they were brother and sister. Their identities and circumstances have been kept confidential however it is reported that they were separated soon after birth and were adopted by different families. What an extraordinary sad and tragic story. I think that every child should know who its biological parents are.

The case was raised by Lord Alton in the House of Lords debate on the Human Fertility and Embryology Bill in December. Critics of the Bill fear that relaxing rules on who can have fertility treatment will weaken further the link between children and their biological parents. The Bill has already been reworded after objection that patients would need to show that they had “a social network”. It is now proposed that doctors must ensure that patients can offer "supportive parenting". The Lords will vote on the amended Bill next Thursday.

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