A Key Step Forward for Parental Rights in Modern Families

New York courts are continuing to prove that they are dedicated to protecting the rights of the LGBT community.  In an important recent case, the Appellate Division applied the “presumption of legitimacy”—the concept that a child born during a marriage is the legitimate child of the couple—to married same-sex partners.  Applying the presumption of legitimacy—which comes along with key parental rights and protections—was especially enlightened in the circumstances of this case, where the child was not a DNA match to both parents.  For many LGBT families, the decision reflects a critical step forward in establishing the non-biological parent’s rights.

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Pet Custody and Divorce Mediation

Like so many New Yorkers, married couples are often deeply devoted to their pets.  One recent study even found that “most pet owners would not trade their pets for even $1 million in cash”.  Couples facing divorce often find themselves spending considerable sums asking courts to decide who will take custody of a pet.  But there is no guarantee that, in doing so, the court will take into account the deep emotional connection most of us feel to our pets.

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