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Jun 25, 2019

Can I Adopt My Younger Sibling in Maryland?

By |June 25th, 2019|adoption|

Adoption is a beautiful way to build a family. It provides an infant or a child in need with a more emotionally and financially stable environment and gives people the opportunity to become a family. Every family is unique, and so is every adoption situation. We’re often asked if siblings can adopt other siblings – [...]

May 29, 2019

Can a Child Have More Than Two Parents?

By |May 29th, 2019|adoption|

Madison is a girl who lives in California, a state which recognizes multi-parenting, or "tri-parenting." Her legal parents include her two moms and a dad: her father is the sperm donor, one of her mothers carried her, and her other mother is married to her birth mother. It is her non-birth mother who became her [...]

Mar 7, 2016

Supreme Court Opinion (V.L. v. E.L.): the Power of A Second-Parent Adoption

By |March 7th, 2016|adoption, LGBT, same-sex marriage|

For years we have been meeting with same-sex parents and recommending a second-parent adoption where one of the two parents is the biological parent and one is not.  Today’s unanimous opinion from the United States Supreme Court demonstrates exactly why. In V.L. v. E.L., two women had been in a same-sex relationship from 1995 until [...]

Aug 27, 2015

Think Second Parent Adoptions Are A Thing Of the Past? Think Again. Conover v. Conover.

By |August 27th, 2015|adoption, case law, child custody, children, LGBT, Maryland law|

Yesterday, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals released its latest opinion on third party custody rights in Conover v. Conover. This case involved a lesbian couple. One of the couple, the biological parent, was inseminated and carried the child and the other woman, the non-biological parent, held herself out as the parent to the child, [...]

Oct 8, 2014

Are Second-Parent Adoptions Still Important for Same-Sex Couples In Maryland?

By |October 8th, 2014|adoption, children, divorce, LGBT, marriage, parentage|

In light of the ever-changing legal landscape for same-sex couples, are second-parent adoptions still important in Maryland? As of January 1, 2013, the right to marry has been extended to same-sex couples in Maryland. Pursuant to Maryland law, a child born or conceived during a marriage is presumed to be the legitimate child of both [...]

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