Child custody and child-rearing concerns in a same-sex marriage

By |2022-03-31T20:08:10+00:0013 Sep 2013|Categories: Child Custody|

Child custody and child-rearing concerns in a same-sex marriage

The striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act opened up a lot of avenues for gay and lesbian couples. Orange County, including the other counties in California, is feeling the societal shift as well now that the changes are starting to set in. Naturally, as in every societal shift, there are concerns about aspects of life like child custody and how to properly raise a child in a same-sex marriage.

It has never been easy for same-sex couples. Thus, they have a natural fear that their children, whether biological or adopted, will go through the same hardships that they went through. Nonetheless, however legitimate those fears are they can easily be addressed with an open mind and an equally open heart.

A common fear is that the child will not be safe. This refers to bullying or social ridicule. To help alleviate this fear, parents may wish to join a support group to become educated on handling situations as well as educating other people. Religion is also a haunting concern for parents as religious organizations have differing views concerning the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Nevertheless, a parent should bear in mind that the principle of faith is deeply rooted in the concept of love. That should be the cornerstone of a child’s development.

Finally, parents are concerned that their child will have a difficult life. A child has the same chance to have a good life whether he or she is in a same-sex or traditional family. The secret is an open line of communication. Not letting negativity creep into a child’s life is essential.

Child custody and co-parenting issues and disputes arise whether parents are of the same sex or the opposite sex. In order to not complicate the situation further, an Orange County couple should consider seeking guidance from a family law professional. An experienced and sympathetic legal professional can make a significant difference in ironing out family law issues.

Source: Huffington Post, “Parents Of Gay Children: How To Be Supportive Despite Common Fears” Rick Clemons, Aug. 31, 2013

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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