Although married same-gender couples are now enjoying nearly all of the same rights as opposite-gender couples, there is still one key right that’s still up in the air—the automatic right to be legal parents. While parental rights are automatically bestowed upon the biological parent, the non-biological spouse/parent still faces a number of challenges when it comes to obtaining full parental rights. Luckily, same-gender couples do have an alternative to adoption—estate planning.
Although same-gender marriage is legally recognized in all 50 states, long-held prejudice at both political and family levels continues to create complications for married and unmarried same-gender couples. With this, especially if you're a member LGBTQ+ community, estate planning is even more critical for you and your beloved to ensure that they will be protected and provided for in the event of your death or incapacity.
If you are a same-gender couple, you’re bound to face difficulties when it comes to parental rights. Same-gender couples do not automatically have parental rights on their children as do biological parents, there are many legal complications same-gender couples go through. With estate planning, many of the legal complications can be taken care of in a much easier way. Here are some methods to protect your parental rights if you are not a biological parent.