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How Changes to Same-Sex Marriage Laws Affect Parenting Concerns

Same Sex Marriage Laws
Michigan law has changed regarding same-sex marriages, and the rights of spouses who have children are becoming more defined. In fact, a Michigan family lawyer can help separated same-sex couples get rights to co-paternity and co-maternity regardless of either party’s biological relationship with the child.

Shared Custody and Responsibility

A qualified family lawyer in Michigan can help one party establish rights to custody and other equitable parent privileges under this appeals court law. In Stankevich v. Milliron, the appeals court heard a convincing argument for the right to spend time with a child from a dissolved same-sex marriage.

The couple, which used artificial insemination to produce the child, was together from the conception through childbirth and the formative years. Both parents provided support in health care, paid for expenses equally and made key decisions about the child’s life. Following separation, they shared the parenting-time schedule voluntarily.

When the biological mother ended this arrangement, the court action became necessary. The appeals court found the case demanded an evaluation of the second mother’s fitness as a parent, which opens the door to establishing a relationship as an equitable parent.

As one of Michigan’s leading law firms, Peter J. Johnson Law Office, PLLC can help you straighten matters out after the end of a same-sex marriage. Modern parenting takes many shapes, and you deserve the right to continue your relationship with any child you have helped raise. For further information or to schedule an appointment please contact us at 269.982.1100 or visit .

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