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Book Chapter

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Radbord, Joanna. LGBTQ2+ Law : Practice Issues and Analysis . Toronto, Canada: Emond, 2020.


In our highly interconnected world, questions about court jurisdiction, the enforcement of judgments, and applicable law now arise in every field of endeavour and every walk of life. Accordingly, just as with other members of the public, so too can members of the LGBTQ2+ community expect to be affected directly and indirectly by developments in the conflict of laws. However, there are some implications of the conflict of laws that have special significance for members of the LGBTQ2+ community in connection with personal status and family relations. This chapter focuses on the issues arising in these areas.

This chapter considers the issues affecting LGBTQ2+ persons in respect of marriage, divorce, matrimonial property, adoption, custody, and support in cross-border situations. While this chapter aims to provide an indication of the key legal principles affecting LGBTQ2+ persons in these areas, it is important to bear in mind that the field is developing rapidly, both domestically and across borders, and there remain many new and emerging issues that have yet to be addressed.