719.475.9994
Mary Kay Kramer, P.C. Attorney at Law
Serving In Colorado Springs And Throughout The Region
Menu / Navigate
Secondary Nav

Navigating the blended family environment

Blending any type of family after divorce or separation is usually a daunting task that takes time. Blending from a heterosexual environment to a homosexual one can be difficult if everyone is not on the same page.

First, know that children will feel the energy in a room. A child can sense when you are uncomfortable, and it makes them uncomfortable in turn. Approach every situation as a confident, united front from every side, and watch the children do the same. Also, share responsibilities. If one partner takes a child to school, let the other pick them up. Have all parties listed on school records so that either can give permission or consent when needed. For both partners to be viewed as equal in the eyes of a child, each should participate in everyday activities. In addition, both should take part in extracurricular activities and school functions, offering support whenever possible.

Make sure that everyone who is involved in a child's life, whether teacher, doctor, friend or other, is aware of the living situation. This prevents the child from finding themselves in a position in which they are unsure how to respond or feel the need to be less than truthful. Again, the goal is confidence and a sense of normalcy.

The most important piece of advice to be given when blending same-sex families is to communicate often, consistently and clearly. Keep an open-door policy in the home where no question or feeling is off limits and encourage family discussions. It is very possible for children to thrive in a same-sex relationship environment. All it takes is mutual respect and a commitment to approach every day with an open heart.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Free consultations

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Contact

Mary Kay Kramer, P.C.
1820 West Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Phone: 719-362-5113
Phone: 719-475-9994
Fax: 719-447-9732
Map & Directions

Review Us