Protecting The Parental Rights Of Same-Sex Couples
In the past decade there has been remarkable progress in the laws concerning rights for gay and lesbian couples. These couples may now marry, providing them with rights and opportunities that had been unavailable for far too long. Unfortunately, not every state gives same-sex couples equivalent parental rights in all cases which can lead to serious problems when the couple has children.
At the Maple Grove law office of Steven H. Snyder & Associates, we help same-sex couples grow and protect their families. Our lead attorney, Steven H. Snyder, has worked with many same-sex couples who are looking to start a family. Whether you need help with an issue connected to assisted reproduction or need to initiate adoption proceedings, we are confident we will be able to provide you with the guidance you need at such an important time in your life.
Helping To Prevent Issues When Building Your Family
Every couple’s situation is unique, and we need to know more about you and your spouse or partner, if any, before we know exactly what is best for you. Together, we will review your specific concerns and develop an approach that allows you to safely start your family. We help with many issues facing same-sex couples, including:
- Explaining the challenges that arise when using known or anonymous donors
- Preparing, drafting, and reviewing egg, embryo, or sperm donor agreements
- Assisting couples with step- or second-parent adoption proceedings
- Reviewing state laws to ensure that the couple is protected if they are traveling outside of Minnesota or moving to a different state
- Creating and drafting any estate planning documents that may be necessary to ensure the child is cared for in the event either parent passes away unexpectedly
Many same-sex couples think that they will automatically have parental rights after their child is born. However, the laws concerning the rights provided to same-sex parents will vary depending upon your location and situation. You need to meet with an experienced lawyer to ensure that your specific wishes will be carried out and respected.
The law is simply decades behind when it comes to same-sex families. We want to do everything that we can to help you make sure that you have the same basic rights as all other parents. We work together with you to create a plan that will help you protect your family from these potential challenges.
Schedule A Free Consultation
Our law firm has been working with same-sex couples for decades. We will work tirelessly to provide you with the help that you need. Whether or not you decide to become our client, we are happy to answer any questions that you may have. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, please call us at 612-504-6499 or send us an email.