[Webinar] “CT Same-Sex Couples & Stepparent Adoption: Your Name on the Birth Certificate is Not Enough”

On Thursday, November 17th at 5:30 PM, Freed Marcroft Attorneys Meghan Freed and Carla Zahner will host a complimentary webinar on stepparent adoption in Connecticut. The recent presidential election has highlighted the importance of adopting children of parents of the same sex.  This webinar will provide clarity on the current status of children who are biologically related to one but not both parents, will share Read More

Post-Election Stress and Adoption

Yesterday morning, following President-Elect Trump's win, I met with a young married couple about a step-parent adoption. They were two women, and the meeting opened with tears. It was heartbreaking. Adoption consultations are usually some of our most joyous -- a happy couple, either planning for or expecting a child.  Yesterday, though, was the morning after a historical election that for many, including in Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Underscores that Second Parent Adoption Remains Critical for Same Sex Parents

"You still have to adopt your children." I have said this more times than I can count since the United States Supreme Court decisions on same sex marriage equality United States v. Windsor and Obergefell v. Hodges. Why? Many same-sex couples who have a child who is biologically related to one parent and not the other -- for example, a couple may use a sperm or egg donor to assist them in conceiving their baby Read More

Why, After the Supreme Court Marriage Ruling, Same Sex Spouses Should Still Adopt Their Non-Biological Children

It has been less than one week since the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision holding that the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution requires states to license marriages between two people of the same sex and to recognize lawful out-of-state marriages between two people of the same sex. Love won. Very understandably, we have already received multiple questions regarding whether, in light of Read More

Why It is Especially Important that Connecticut Unmarried Same Sex Partners Adopt Their Children

One of the most common misconceptions that we hear when we are discussing parental rights for same-sex couples with new or prospective clients is their belief that they are the legal parent of a child by virtue of appearing on the birth certificate. As the National Center for Lesbian Rights explains: It is extremely important for non-biological parents to get a[n] ... adoption as soon as possible to ensure that Read More

California Light: The Connecticut Cooperative Post-Adoption Agreement

Can a child have three parents?  In California she sure can. This week the New York Times published an article about a California bill just signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.  The new law allows the courts to recognize situations when a child has three or more legal parents. This has implications for same sex couples, because of the diverse ways lesbian and gay parents have their children. According to the bill's Read More