Policy Implications—Aderholt Amendment These findings are especially relevant in light of legislation currently being considered by Congress. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. But she says she is seeing family law evolve in some jurisdictions. The couple has been legally married for seven years — and together for 14 years. Donate Entire Site Research. Media Contact Rachel Dowd dowd law.
When they decided to have a baby, they "went through a lot of time and a lot of money and a lot of heartache trying to get pregnant," Martha says.
Same-Sex Spouses Turn To Adoption To Protect Parental Rights
The Supreme Court has weighed in on thissaying states have to legally recognize second-parent adoptions granted by courts in other states — no exceptions. Their attorney, Michele Zavos, says they should be. And so if my family decided that they didn't like that, they could take Meredith to court and they would have a stronger legal relationship to our baby than Meredith would if we didn't do the second-parent adoption," she said. For now, Zavos says, second parent adoption remains the best way to ensure two women who are married can both claim to be the legal parents of their children. Janey is demonstrating her "Superman arms. But many same-sex married couples worry that's not true for them.
Some called it "humiliating," "absurd," "frustrating;" for others it was a mere inconvenience. And so if my family decided that they didn't like that, they could take Meredith to court and they would have a stronger legal relationship to our baby than Meredith would if we didn't do the second-parent adoption," she said. Still, Martha and Meredith say they're nervous. And now they are the law of the land. Second-parent adoptions were made up — I think first in California — probably about 30 years ago. When we start moving toward intent, and getting away from biology, then we will have circumstances that everybody will fit into. President Trump has not said he intends to chip away at the rights of same-sex families.