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Category Archives: reproduction and parenting
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
District Judge Randall Rehmeier Tuesday denied a divorce to a same-sex Nebraska City couple that was married in 2003 in Vermont. The judge said the Nebraska Constitution provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Nebraska. Continue reading
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
I am contacted increasingly often by couples from states like Florida who were married in Massachusetts and who now want to obtain a same-sex divorce. In many cases, both spouses are in complete agreement and ready to cooperate in order to obtain a divorce. Their question to me: Can we obtain a divorce in Massachusetts? The answer: No. Follow-up question: Well, then can we get divorced in Florida? The answer: No. Continue reading
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
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
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