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Important ruling in Tennessee for same-sex parents

It is important for same-sex couples in Tennessee and elsewhere to understand their rights and the resources the family law process provides to them. A judge in Tennessee recently ruled that same-sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples to children born through artificial insemination. Four lesbian couples in Tennessee brought the lawsuit. Each of the four couples is expecting a child conceived using a sperm donor; the first child is expected in September. A recent United States Supreme Court lawsuit also ruled in favor of same-sex parental rights.

Same-sex family law can be a complex area of the law with significant importance for couples and families. Families come together and grow in a variety of ways which sometimes includes in vitro fertilization or adoption and it is important for families to understand the legal implications of these exciting life steps but also how to protect their families. The family law system provides resources to help them do just that.

Because of the legalization of same-sex marriage, same-sex couples now have the same rights and responsibilities as opposite-sex couples, however, they may face certain challenges associated with their family law concerns. This can include custody of children, overall child custody and visitation issues, as well as concerns related to child support and others. The family law process provides important resources to help them address their concerns so it is important to be familiar with what they are.

The decision to become a parent is a big one for anyone and same-sex parents, of course, are no exception. As the laws related to same-sex family law are still changing and developing, it of the utmost importance that same-sex couples understand the laws concerning them and how the family law system can help them with their concerns.

Source: Fox News US, "Tennessee judge rules gay couples have equal parental rights," July 23, 2017

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