In vitro fertilisation or IVF is an increasingly common method that people in Australia are using to assist them with having a family. In 2017, almost 75,000 IVF cycles were recorded in Australian clinics, up from 52,000 in 2007. In 2017, one in 21 women (or approximately 5%) who gave birth used some form of treatment. Fairfax Media recently profiled a series of couples who had gone through assisted conception procedures which is worth reading at https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/trying-to-survive-when-infertility-enters-a-relationship-20200129-p53vqp.html
People are increasingly recognising and coming to terms with the fact that they may need some assistance to have children and a family together. That does not mean that the fertility process can be easy or without difficult for relationships, however. The cost of these treatments and the uncertainty that forms can have a significant impact on relationships, and may end up leading in a relationship breaking down before or after the birth of a child. Communication between parties can become strained, or existing poor communication can place further stress on an already fragile environment.
Such a situation will have a significant impact on people coming to see a lawyer about a separation, and may be hard to talk about with someone you have just met. Our lawyers are experienced in dealing with these issues, and protecting you or your children from the fallout of a relationship that has lost its way. Call us now on 03 9614 7111 if you would like to speak to one of our understanding lawyers about your family law situation, and how we can help.