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Thursday, 7 July 2016

On 7 July 2016, Claire Fenton-Glynn presented a paper on the changing nature of parenthood at a conference on "Culture, Dispute Resolution and the Modernised Family" in London. Organised by the International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice, the conference brought together researchers from all over the world to discuss the challenges facing family law in the 21st Century.

Claire’s talk, entitled "Re-visiting parenthood in the 21st Century" considered the implications of developments of reproductive technology and of shifting societal norms for the way we view parenthood. In particular, she focused on “three parent families”, and why we should look beyond the constraints of a two parent paradigm based on biology and genetic relationships. Drawing on comparative research from Canada and the United States, she discussed different ways in which this could be achieved, and the advantages that this could bring for both adults and children.