In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Dr. Kelly about legal issues LGBTQ+ persons should be aware of in 2nd parent adoptions building their family.
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Family law throughout the United States and Canada can vary from state to state. LGBTQ+ persons desiring to build their family by whatever means can face challenges not necessarily faced by heterosexual families. Many states have recently updated their laws to address the past challenges while other states still remain behind the times. At the moment you choose to build your family, it is important to gain a full understanding of the Family Laws in your state and seek a licensed attorney to help you protect your legal connection rights as a parent or guardian of a child you care for and love and the rights of the child.
Some issues to be informed about:
If unmarried yet have a life partner, do your state laws allow can co-adopt simultaneously?
Similarly, if unmarried and using an egg or sperm of the partner do your state laws allow both to be added to the birth certificate or not? If using an egg or sperm donor, what if any rights might the donor have or not?
What is your desire? Legally recognized parents or guardians bare the financial responsibility of the child.
Benefits of having the legal connection to the child:
Ability to make healthcare, education, wellbeing, and other decisions on behalf of the child.
Ability to pass assets to the child easily in the event of the death of a legally recognized parent or guardian.
Custody and visitation – If currently married or in a relationship and you have formed a bond with the child, yet the adult relationship dissolves having the legal right to continue a relationship with the child.
The ability to add the child to your health insurance plan.
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