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Divorce: The Theoretical Background

An understanding of the impact of creative medical techniques and social change on traditional family relationships includes parentage, parental responsibility (PR) and human assisted reproduction (HAR). The most radical change in this area of family law has followed the implementation on 6 April 2009 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (HFEA) 2008, to which must now be added the added layer of the impact of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013. Moreover, not only may same-sex, as well as opposite-sex, the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) 2004, can also take part in the new parenting regime of the 2008 Act. In the Legal Aid Act 1949, women were for the first time about to be able to afford to divorce uncongenial husbands, was because family law at that time basically consisted mainly of Divorce. The 2008 Act makes miscellaneous and general provision including amending the Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985.