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Same-sex parents: Do you have parental rights?

There are a lot of different ways that same-sex couples can have children. If they are two women, they can adopt, have a child through a sperm donor or have a fertilized egg from another mother placed in the womb. There are other options, and many available for two males as well. The more complicated problems, however, arise when same-sex parents decide to divorce.

What's a living together contract?

In the eyes of the Minnesota family law system, marriage is viewed exactly as a legal contract between two parties in which it is understood -- based on the terms of marriage under the law -- what both parties owe to one another. This, and the responsibilities that come with it, apply to the spouses as parents of shared children and as individuals who are part owners of shared assets and liabilities.

Factors that affect the adoption process

Although the adoption of a child involves one or two adults formally acquiring guardianship and parental rights over a child, at Berg, Debele, Desmidt & Rabuse, we have seen that the circumstances under which an adoption occurs can be very different. These differences can dictate the legal strategies that are required to ensure that the adoption is successful.

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