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Family Law: in the news

Two news stories caught my attention this morning:

 Thomas Beatie (the man who gave birth to three children) is having difficulty getting a divorce in Arizona.  As reported by CBS:

An Arizona man who garnered national media attention for giving birth to three children after having a sex-change operation has hit a snag in his divorce proceedings that could prevent him from having his marriage legally dissolved.

A judge is questioning whether the state’s same-sex marriage ban bars him from ending Thomas and Nancy Beatie’s union — or even recognizing its validity. Thomas Beatie was born a woman and underwent a sex change but retained female reproductive organs and gave birth to three children.

Thomas and Nancy Beatie are eager to end their nine-year marriage, but their divorce plans stalled when Maricopa County Family Court Judge Douglas Gerlach said in late June that he was unable to find any legal authority defining a man as someone who can give birth.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has come to a divorce agreement.  As reported by the BBC:

Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has agreed to pay 36m euros (£30m) a year to his ex-wife Veronica Lario, reports say.

Berlusconi will keep the £60m villa where the couple lived with their three children, as part of a divorce deal reportedly filed on Christmas Day.

Question: How do you file divorce papers no Christmas Day?  Court registrys in British Columbia are closed for the holiday…