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Harbottle pioneers 'preconception' agreements for non-traditional families

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  • Children are not a commodity and this case highlights the issues surrounding non-traditional families. There is no "right " to have a child and seeking to achieve parenthood by entering into a joint venture agreement shows a complete lack of understanding of what parenthood is about - the children not the parents. Whilst legislation prohibits child labour it seems it is powerless to pevent the conception of children as a commodity.

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  • There may be no right but the opportunity to have children should be allowed to all if they feel they have a lot to give to the children. The very reason there is a JV agreement is impressive as such considerate planning and foresight is not often shared by thirteen year-old girls in Newcastle, who end up with child after three seconds in a council estate car park.

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  • Absolutely right, Lee. The agreement is there to protect the children and the relationships them and primary and secondary parents. Sometimes the secondary parent has had a greater role in the upbringing of the child and the agreement should take this into consideration as an acrimonious split between parents could knock a key figure out of a child's life. There are agreements when heterosexual parents split. What makes gay ones exempt?

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  • An innovative idea to a difficult problem. Society should not dictate who can have children, but this proposal gives a framework for non-conventional parenthood to succeed.

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  • So are all preconception agreements not legally binding or it depends from case to case? From where is the statement "The agreements would not be legally binding, but would be persuasive to a court in a dispute, much like a prenuptial agreement."
    I'm really interested to read your response. Thank you!

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