Same-Sex Parents Adoption

Sherry Virginia Neal

Practice Area:Adoption

Outcome:Adoption granted

Description:L and N are a same-sex couple who lovingly planned for the conception of their son through artificial insemination. I helped them realize their goal for each parent to have full legal rights by handling their second parent adoption. While the adoption was pending, I helped L and N with paperwork to make sure that L's ability to provide for her son would continue even if N, his biological mother, were to die unexpectedly before we could complete the adoption. In addition, because their adorable son was born with Downs Syndrome, I helped L and N develop an estate plan that would protect their son’s access to medical benefits and other assistance through the use of a Special Needs Trust.