Category Archives: adoption

Co-Parent Adoption: A Guide for Same-Sex Couples in Massachusetts

What Is Co-Parent Adoption? Generally speaking, adoption refers to the process of establishing a legal and permanent parent-child relationship where none existed. A typical example is the domestic or international adoption of a child by an unrelated individual or couple. … Continue reading

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Obama Administration Expands FMLA to Benefit Same-Sex Parents, Others

In essence, benefits are available to all persons who have assumed the responsibility of parenting a child, regardless of the absence of a biological or legal parent-child relationship. Continue reading

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NY High Court Clarifies Rights of Non-Biological Parents in Same-Sex Relationships

New York State’s highest court ruled on Tuesday that nonbiological parents in legally recognized same-sex unions have the same parental rights and obligations as nonbiological parents in legally recognized opposite-sex unions. Continue reading

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In 2010, International Adoption Closed to Same-Sex Couples and GLBT Individuals

With India’s recent proposal to further restrict adoption by singles, gays, and same-sex couples, it is likely that the trend toward banning same-sex couples and GLBT individuals from adopting will get worse before it gets better. Continue reading

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Marriage Alternatives and Contracts that Protect Same-Sex Couples

Both same-sex and opposite-sex couples in Massachusetts who choose marry are essentially entering into a binding contract with each other and the state.  The state sets the terms of this marital contract, which dictates property ownership, inheritance, separation, property and … Continue reading

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The Importance of Co-Parent Adoption

Adoption is the legal process by which a permanent and universally recognized familial relationship is established between an adult and a child who are not otherwise related. The distinguishing characteristic and legal requirement of a joint petition for co-parent adoption … Continue reading

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