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Couple disputes over frozen embryos during divorce

It is normal for two people who are divorcing to dispute over several issues. Property division and alimony may be common topics of discussion, but there are other things that couples may argue about. While some feud about the common divorce issues, others may come to realize that their divorce is particularly unique, especially when they find themselves discussing the fate of their frozen embryos.

For one California couple, the issue that has drawn out their divorce is what should be done with their frozen embryos. Five years ago, the couple froze the embryos with intentions to have children together, but now that they are divorcing, there is a disagreement on what should be done with them. While the husband is allegedly requesting that the embryos be destroyed, the wife is still interested in having children.

Some people may find this particular case interesting for various reasons. One being that the couple reportedly signed an agreement when they first got the embryos frozen, stating that should the couple divorce, the embryos would be destroyed. Although contracts like these may seem binding to some, the fact that there is a judge considering not having the embryos destroyed proves that they may not be as binding as people believe. Even though this issue is being examined by the court, the husband is reportedly hoping that this contract will be enforced and the embryos will be destroyed despite the wife's attempt to keep them safe.

Many disputes may occur during the divorce process, but with the help of an attorney there is a chance that couples can come to a resolution with which both are pleased. It is not uncommon for various topics to be discuss, so even though a couple is feuding and may do so for an extended period of time, doesn't mean that they can't come to an agreement. Even when the topic at hand is one that is not usually discussed during a divorce, attorneys are available to help and may be able to make the divorce process less brutal and trying for all involved.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Frozen embryo trial: Wife's turn to tell story in San Francisco divorce feud," Howard Mintz, July 16, 2015

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