Cambridge University in England has been conducting research studies that offer hope to same-sex couples and couples struggling to conceive. They have taken steps towards creating artificial sperm and eggs.

The study includes taking skin cells from adults and converting them into embryonic-like stem cells. This means same-sex couples could one day have biological children. It also offers hope to couples who are struggling to conceive.  The research conducted at Cambridge University was primarily funded by the following groups: Wellcome Trust, and the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership.

While it is in the early days of research, many believe this first step is a giant success. Dr. Jacob Hanna explained, “We have succeeded in the first and most important step of the process.” The next steps include creating fully developed artificial sperm and eggs, with experiments being conducted in a dish or by implanting rodents.

Hanna reminds the community that they are still a long ways away from creating a baby through these artificial means. “It is really important to emphasize that while this scenario might be technically possible and feasible, it is remote at this stage and many challenges need to be overcome. Further there are very serious ethical and safety issues to be considered when and if such scenarios become considered in the distant future.”

While the scenario may be in the distant future, it still has many couples excited, especially those in the LGBT community. Hanna said, “It has already caused interest from gay groups because of the possibility of making egg and sperm cells from parents of the same sex.”

Adoption Laws in AZ
This research offers great promise to many couples. Unfortunately, as Hanna mentioned, it is still a ways off. Until then, one option for same-sex couples in Arizona is adoption. According to A.R.S. 8-103, any adult AZ resident may be eligible to qualify for adoption.

Taking on the adoption process is not easy. There are many standards and qualifications that must be met. A variety of issues will be checked including, but not limited to:

  • Marital status of the applicant: length, stablity
  • The child’s wishes
  • The wishes of the biological parents

Arizona Family Law Attorney
If you and your spouse are looking to expand your family, it can be an exciting and complicated process. Contact the family law team at JacksonWhite; our adoption attorneys can offer you guidance, support, and expertise as you weigh your options. With our legal support, you can determine what you need to do in order to adopt a child. JacksonWhite family law attorney Tim Durkin has helped many families in Arizona. Contact 480-779-7972 to schedule an appointment today!

The former “Real Housewives” star and husband Jason Hoppy are in the process of divorce. It seems the judge is not a fan of Bethenny Frankel or her Instagram. In fact the Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ellen Gesmer told the star “no more pajamas!” while in divorce court Thursday.

Pajamas and Instagram
 The judge was speaking in regards to Frankle’s Instagram account. She had posted a questionable picture in July. The picture displayed the 43 year old star in her daughters Hello Kitty PJ’s with a ruffled top, shorts, and slippers. The caption read: “This is my daughter’s nightgown and PJ shorts. Think we’re ready to start sharing clothes yet?” It did not take long for the post to go viral. Many posted comments of criticism towards the mom.

Mayefsky, Frankel’s lawyer, explained that the post was “done as a joke”, but he did not disagree with the judge’s directive. The judge fired back explaining, “It’s not a joke. Her child is not a joke”, the judge further explained that the image will be on the internet for a long time and soon Frankel’s daughter will see the post herself.

Despite the judges concerns of Bethenny’s Instagram choices, it was decided that the couple will share custody of their daughter.

Valued Assets
The couple also met in divorce court to place a value on eh assets that the couple will divide. It is estimated that Frankel is worth approximately $55 million. Along with being a star on “Real Housewives” she had other reality shows, her own talk show, and “Skinny Girl” a line of low calorie margaritas.

Most of Hoppy and Frankels relationship was displayed on television. During “The Housewives of New York” Hoppy courted Frankle then proposed. Their engagement, wedding planning, honeymoon, pregnancy, birth, and other important moments were all displayed on television. Bethenny felt the relationship hit a breaking point after her show, “Bethenny Ever After” and the tanking of her talk show. In 2012 Frankle informed her husband she wanted a divorce via letter. The two lived together for a year in Hudson after the infamous letter. Bethenny described this year as “brutal, horrendous, excruciating.” She explained that everything he did seemed to be in spite. “Every action during the day, it felt like, was being done to torture me. He would leave the house in shambles-dishes piled everywhere, garbage piled everywhere, He’d pee and poop and leave it in the toilet…he would turn the television on as loud as he could and then put the remote in his backpack and leave with it.”

She later moved out, and they are waiting for the divorce to finalize.

Divorce Attorney
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The Momager to the Kardashians and Bruce Jenner both filed divorce documents on Monday after being separated for some time. The two decided the division of the $225 million dollars. For most of their married life their finances were kept separately. This was considered unusual because there was no prenuptial agreement, but it seemed Bruce did not care about the separate accounts.

Divorce Agreement
Kris will keep the Hidden Hills mansion while Bruce will reside in the Malibu mansion. Bruce purchased the home located in Malibu after the two have been separated.

Things got messy when discussing Kris’ financial stake in her daughters business interests. There are many “business interests” the Momager oversees. Bruce was awarded $2 million then agreed to waive any future claim against the endorsements.

In total, Bruce will receive $20 million in cash and Kris with $50 million. They also got to keep their luxury cars. Kris kept the Rolls Royce, two Mercedes Benz and a Range Rover, while Bruce kept two cars including a Mercedes. Kris was able to receive more “because of her momager status” explained one source.

They also have various investments and retirement funds totaling in $10 million each. Since it seems Bruce will be set for life, Kris asked the judge to terminate Bruce’s ability to ask for spousal support. Kris also made the requested that the date of separation be stated as June 2013. With the date June 2013 all earnings since then would not be a part of the settlement.

Divorce Attorney
If you are in need of a divorce attorney contact the Family Law attorneys at JacksonWhite. Attorney, Tim Durkin will be empathetic to your case and can offer the help you need. He has extensive experience in divorces, and can offer the advice you need. Contact 480-779-7972 to schedule an appointment.




David Michael Stokes was “super nervous” as he addressed the Circuit Judge Robert Hodges. He entered the court room with the intent to enter a “best interest” plea of guilty to one felony count of aggravated child abuse. Normally, this charge would result in 30 years behind bars-but his plea agreement changed that. Instead the 23-year-old was sentenced to serve a little of 6.5 years in prison. He will also pay a fine of $1,000 and other various costs.

Child Abuse in 2013
In March of 2013 Stokes allegedly harmed his girlfriend’s daughter. The young girl was almost 2 years old at the time of the incident. The child received severe beatings to the face and head. There were signs of possible skull fractures. Stoker beat the child with an object, and there were shoe marks on the child’s face. Assistant State Attorney Kristi Van Vleet stated “you can actually see the stitching of the shoe on the child’s face.”

According to reports, the toddler’s mother returned home to find a panicking Stokes. He was carrying her daughter and rambling, explaining he did not know what happened. He explained the child was throwing a temper tantrum and then suddenly went quite. She then acted quite abnormally.

The child was able to make  a full recovery after being take to the UF Heal Shands Hospital.

Child Abuse in Arizona
According to A.R.S. 13-3623 it is illegal to abuse any child. A child is defined as any individual under the age of 18. Should a person intentionally allow or cause physical injury to a child they could be charged with a felony crime.

Family Law Attorney
If you or your loved ones are a victim of child abuse, it is important to get help immediately. The family law attorneys at JacksonWhite can offer the legal guidance you need. Timothy Durkin is ready and can offer the guidance and comfort you need for this serious situation. Contact JacksonWhite today at 480-779-7972.




What seems to be every man’s dream, turned out to be on mans nightmare. In fact the man hated it so much, he filed for divorce: too much sex.

Sex and Divorce
There are many divorces filed where the couples are engaged in a sexless marriage, but it is rare to hear of a divorce due to excessive sex.

One man filed a divorce in a Mumbai family court stating he could no longer stand his wife’s “excessive and insatiable desire for sex.”

The husband approached the courts in India back in January, and originally stated his wife was “aggressive, stubborn and autocratic”. He also explained how he was harassed for sex since they married in April of 2012.

Allegedly, the man had been forced to take medication by his wife. This medication was designed to boost his sexual stamina. At one point, the husband was hospitalized for an uneasy stomach. The wife also delivered many threats to her husband. Many times she threatened if she remained unfulfilled after sex, she would engage in infidelity.

Divorce Granted
When the wife failed to appear at court, the divorce was granted. While there are many grounds for divorce, this one defiantly falls under unusual.

Other Strange Grounds
While excessive sex is a strange reason for divorce, it is not alone. Below are some other interesting reasons for divorce.

  • Divorce from a momma’s boy: One woman filed for divorce after her new husband had separation issues and invited his mom on the honeymoon.
  • He’s a super clean freak: One woman filed for divorce because she could not handle her husband’s desire for cleanliness. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when he tore down an entire wall and rebuilt it because the original was dirty.
  • Too old to lie: A 30 year old woman lied about her age, claiming she was 24. Ten years after the wedding day the man realized the lie and field for a divorce.
  • The tattle tale pet: One woman discovered her husband had been unfaithful from her pet bird. The bird would say things like “divorce” and “be patient”, the woman used that as grounds for her divorce.

Divorce Attorney
If you are thinking of a divorce, regardless of the reason, it is crucial to have legal representation to help you through the laws dictating divorce.  The family law attorney at JacksonWhite, Tim Durkin, can give you the help and assistance you need. Call 480-779-7972 to schedule an appointment.


Located in New York, Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa is known for its stunning high end weddings. This fancy resort will soon be offering couples the opportunity to divorce in style. One of their newest packages will serve a quickie divorce in a beautiful setting.

The Package
For $5,000, the divorcing couples can un-do their “I do’s.” The $5,000 gets each spouse their own luxurious room, access to the resort’s spa, tennis courts, swimming area, golf courses, and a lawyer.
The hotel website often has hotel suites that sell for $500 or more a night. Each room has views of “breathtaking beauty of Saratoga Spa State Park”. This divorce package will be available to the public at the end of September.

The man behind the idea, Gideon Putnam, already conducts a concept like it in the Nether lands. Halfen explains the process, “practically, they are divorced after signing on Sunday, after signing, all work is done and we send it to a judge who only puts a stomp on it to make it official.”

Rob Sgarlata from the Gideon Putnam Hotel believes the package will be a wonderful attachment to the hotel remedies.

Divorce Hotel
Guests investing in the $5,000 package have the opportunity to be on television. Should guests desire, they can be filmed for a reality show, “Divorce Hotel”. In order to participate, the divorcing couples must be citizens of the U.S. and use the designated lawyers to mediate the divorce.

Arizona Divorce Lawyer
If you are about to or currently going through a divorce in Arizona flying to New York to divorce in luxury may not be ideal for you. While going through a divorce, it is vital to have legal representation to help you through the laws dictating divorce. Tim Durkin at JacksonWhite’s, can assist you during the process. Contact family law attorney, Tim Durkin, today.  Call 480-779-7972 to schedule an appointment.