When a separate sex couple in Colorado brings a child into the world there are generally few questions about the child's parentage. Biological mothers and fathers are listed on children's birth certificates and those acknowledgements, as well as legal presumptions about marriage and parentage, usually result in both individuals having parental rights over their kids during their relationships and when those relationships end in divorce.
However, this is not always the case for same-sex couples. Often when a same-sex couple chooses to have children only one of the parents will have a biological connection to the child. Depending upon how the child is brought into the family, a person who has considered themselves the parent of a child may find out during their separation or divorce that they have no rights to custody or visitation with the youth because of their lack of parental connection.
As a result, child custody matters can be very difficult for the partners of same-sex relationships. From both emotional and legal standpoints it can be stressful to work through the legal steps to evaluate if a parent should have custodial rights and, if not, what options they have for maintaining relationships with their presumptive children.
Mary Kay Kramer, attorney at law, knows that the family law issues that same-sex couples face can vary from those encountered by their separate sex counterparts. Her divorce and family law firm is committed to providing clients with case-specific legal support and guidance to see them through their challenges. To learn more about her legal practice and the services that she offers to same-sex couples readers are invited to visit her firm online.