A new study supports that foster children raised by same-sex couples are just as well off as children raised by opposite-sex couples. Comparing high-risk children adopted by same-sex couples to those adopted by opposite-sex couples, the children in the study all showed similar progress in cognitive development. The researchers concluded that what matters in the end is having two loving parents regardless of gender.
I focus my practice on assisting the LGBT community in San Diego because I know that despite much evidence to the contrary, judges sometimes are hesitant to award loving parents in same-sex relationships custody of children. A recent Kentucky case illustrates this clearly. In Maxwell v. Maxwell (Ky. Ct. App. Oct. 19, 2012), a Kentucky judge denied custody to a mother who was living with a same-sex partner because her “life-style choice” may negatively impact her children.
The decision was appealed and the Court of Appeal said that the judge should not have based his decision on the possible teasing that children raised by same-sex couples may face. It cited to a US Supreme Court case in which it was stated that a parent in a mixed-race marriage can not be denied custody because the children may face difficulties from those who disapprove of their parents’ union.
If you are involved in a dispute over the custody of your children, I am ready to advocate for you regardless of your orientation. I am here to help you resolve those disagreements as amicably as possible. Attorney Paul D. McGuire at the Law Office of Paul D. McGuire can help you with this and other issues with your divorce. Call (858) 242-5667 today to schedule a free consultation.