San Francisco Family Law Firm Urges Knowledge of In-Vitro Laws

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Heath - Newton LLP, a family law practice in San Francisco, CA, encourages couples and families to fully research legal details and consult a lawyer before considering in-vitro fertilization treatment.

After over four-hundred cases, San Francisco family law firm, Heath - Newton LLP, has seen a vast catalog of family-related legal issues. However, a recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court might alter the outlook of in-vitro fertilization practices and change certain aspects of family law permanently. The firm urges couples considering this method of conception to consult a lawyer and understand the legal guidelines and changes related to the procedure, particularly if posthumous conception or birth is a possibility.

According to a May 21, 2012 news story by CNN's Supreme Court Producer, Bill Mears,, the Supreme Court ruled that a set of Florida twins born using in-vitro fertilization were not eligible for the social security or survivor benefits of their deceased father, Robert Capato. Their mother, Karen Capato, gave birth eighteen months after her husband succumbed to cancer, having utilized preserved genetic material and in-vitro fertilization. Unfortunately, Robert Capato was unaware of Florida's legal requirement for him to place the future children in his will in order for them to receive any posthumous support.

The unfortunate reality of the case demonstrates an even greater need for families to have extensive information about the laws regarding in-vitro fertilization before the procedure is done. As in-vitro procedures become more common, it is possible that more couples struggling with terminal illnesses or life-threatening issues will take the precaution of preserving genetic material for future conception. Though the ruling on this case may increase public awareness, Heath - Newton LLP stresses the importance of studying individual state intestacy law to ensure that such a situation will not occur again.

In addition to offering legal advice to couples looking to conceive, the experienced professionals at Heath - Newton LLP specialize in premaritial agreements, same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships, divorces, child and spousal support, and various custody issues. Their services are intended for people from all backgrounds and lifestyles, and the firm strives to offer each client personal, caring, and knowledgeable guidance and representation.

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Heath-Newton, LLP is a San Francisco family law practice focused on families. These San Francisco divorce attorneys pride themselves on working with clients from all backgrounds and lifestyles. Heath-Newton, LLP specializes in premarital agreements (prenups), same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships, divorce, child support, spousal support, adoption, and child custody in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

For more information about asylum laws, or any family law matters, please contact San Francisco divorce attorneys Heath-Newton, LLP by calling (415) 992-5038, visiting their website at, or stop by their office located at 240 Stockton Street, Suite 300 in San Francisco, California.

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