At TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP, a Los Angeles-area family law firm, our attorneys have seen an increase in the number of "presumed parentage" cases that we handle each year. Often, these cases concern the parental rights provided to couples in same-sex marriages or relationships.
We have found that many people are unaware of the potential issues that are present in these cases, and they often find out about what they need to do when it is too late to take positive steps to prevent these problems from happening. We want you to be prepared for anything that can happen in your situation, and we want you to know we are here for you to help you make sense of it all.
Same-sex couples have many avenues available to them when they decide to start a family. They may turn to surrogacy, adoption, egg or sperm donation, or one of the other options that will allow them to experience the joy of starting a family.
What many of these couples fail to realize is that under California law, they may not receive the parental rights that are granted to couples in traditional relationships. For example, if a lesbian couple decided to have a child, and one of the partners gave birth to the child, the other partner might not be recognized as being the child's parent on the birth certificate. This could mean that the nonbirthing partner or spouse will be unable to remain an active part of the child's life in the event that a dispute arises between the partners.
At our firm, we take proactive steps to ensure that this does not happen in your situation. Based on the specific steps that you are taking to start your family, we can draft the necessary paperwork to allow both parents to be equal partners in the raising of the child. If the relationship or marriage ends, this can prevent one parent from cutting the other out of the child's life.
We recommend that you speak to us long before the child arrives or adoption is finalized. The sooner we can put these plans in place, the more certain you can be that your family is protected if the relationship ends or a tragedy happens.
Addressing Concerns After Disputes Arise
While planning ahead can help families avoid stressful custody disputes, it is often the case that parents fail to take the necessary steps to put such a plan in place. Parents who need assistance taking legal action should consult one of the experienced attorneys at our law firm to develop the proper strategy for their specific case.
We carefully review all factors present to determine how best to present your interests to the court. We stress to the courts why you should remain an active part of your child's life, or why the other present parent should not have the rights that he or she is requesting.
Our L.A. Parentage Attorneys are Committed To Your Child's Best Interests
At TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP, we are here to help you resolve these issues as efficiently as possible. These cases are very emotional and can be extremely hard on the children. We are going to do everything we can to make this as easy as possible for them. We want you to be able to focus on your child's needs and be there for them throughout this process.