Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have Surrogate Child

Nicole Kidman and musician-husband Keith Urban have ignited a debate about surrogacy.  Specifically the debate has begun over the use of the term “gestational carrier” since the birth of their second daughter, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, to a surrogate mother on December 28.  The couple issued statement: “No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier.”  Critics find that the phrase is similar to other terms in the baby-production industry, such as suitcase, baby capsule, oven and incubator.  There is speculation as to whether the couple paid the surrogate to carry the child in Australia, where it is illegal to do so, where it is illegal to pay for surrogacy in Australia. In similar celebrity news, Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, have recently announced the use of surrogacy, where they announced the birth of a son Zachary.  Read More. 

When a couple who has children gets divorced, they will have to face the concept of child support.  Under Domestic Relations Law, s. 240(1b) and the Family Court Act s. 413(1)(b), known as the Child Support Standards Act (“CSSA”) the court shall calculate the “basic child support obligation”, and the non-custodial parent’s pro rata share of the “basic child support obligation”. The support obligation is calculated by “combined parental income” which is multiplied by the appropriate “child support percentage” as listed by statute, based on the number of children the couple has together.

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