Written by attorney Elisa M Reiter

Will the Real Parent Please Stand

What makes a “real” parent? Love? Cuddling? Money? Making the car pool run in the morning and afternoon? Staying up with the children when they have the latest bug (and enduring the harder version of the bug when you invariably catch it)? The law governs and guides us – but our Courts will need to be open to new interpretations in some cases, to wit: same sex parents.

Additional resources provided by the author

Fershee, Kendra. “The Prima Facie Parent: Implementing a Simple, Fair, and Efficient Standing Test in Courts Considering Custody Disputes by Gay or Lesbian Parents,” Family Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 3 (Fall, 2014). Hunter v. Rose, 975 N.E.2d 857, 861 (Mass. 2012). OBERGEFELL ET AL. v. HODGES, DIRECTOR, OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ET AL. CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT No. 14–556. Argued April 28, 2015—Decided June 26, 2015* 576 U.S. ____ Cal.Fam.Code Section 287.5(a),(d)

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