My Services Include the Following:
- Second Parent Adoption
- Anonymous vs. Known
- Surrogacy Referrals
- Estate Planning
- Guardianship Designations
- Parenting Agreements
- Healthcare Documentation
- Dispute Resolution
2nd Parent Adoption and Step Parent Adoption
The court procedure known as second parent adoption is the only means by which an unmarried, non-biological parent in a same-sex relationship may create a legal and portably binding relationship with their partner’s biological child.
Anonymous vs. Known Donor Counseling
Known donors are fast becoming a preferred option in lesbian parenting. Whether all the circumstances are in place for a known donor, or whether it is a better choice for you to have an anonymous donor, there are more options today than there ever have been.
Surrogacy law differs from state to state and the prerequisite to choosing the appropriate agency to handle your surrogacy is a comprehensive understanding of those state laws.
Estate Planning Services
Careful estate planning for same sex couples is essential to the security of the family. While every family is different, every estate plan must reflect those differences, there are seven documents that are critical to creating a foundation upon which you may rely to protect those you love.
There are two general types of Guardianship Designations that are important parts of any LGBT couple’s estate plan. The first is an adult Guardianship Designation, the second, a Guardianship designation for your children.
No couple thinks that their relationship will fail. But when children are involved, it is imperative to consider their needs while the parents are together and on the same page about their children’s best interests. This is why it is critical to have a legal agreement in place that plans for childcare, custody, visitation and support should the relationship dissolve.
Any protection package you choose for you and your family must include healthcare documentation. This may take the form of a Health Care Proxy, or Medical Power of Attorney, a Living Will and a Designation of Guardian.
Dispute Resolution Services
In a world with inconsistent treatment of same-sex relationships, Dispute Resolution becomes a critical part of any couple’s journey toward a successful dissolution.
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