- Genesis Liu, Mediator
Same Sex Parents and Children
The growing number of same-sex parenting is partially due to the increase in options available for partners to become parents. Most children of same sex partners are biological children of one of the parents, or the result of donor insemination, surrogacy, fostercare and adoption.
Same sex parents usually involve the same issues as heterosexual marriages, including child custody, division of property, money, and assets, and most importantly, marriage dissolution and children.
If you believe that ending your marriage or partnership is the best choice you can make, then the best approach would be mediation. You can discuss your relationship issues openly and freely without judgement. A neutral and impartial mediator helps you devise a practical agreement that benefits both you and your partner, as well as the children. You, along with your partner, can arrange a child support and parenting plan that is in the best interests of your children.
Have a say in how assets are divided and/or what the terms of custody and parenting time will be. You make the decisions! If your matter would go to trial, each of you will only be giving the opportunity to voice your wishes and concerns, but the court would be the ultimate decision-maker.
The collaborative spirit of mediation encourages cooperation from both parties, and it may save you time and money while leading to a satisfying outcome.