It is unfortunate, but in California, a parent’s sexual orientation can affect issues such as child custody. Same-sex child custody issues can be complicated, especially when only one parent is biologically related to the child by birth or adoption.
Child custody is supposed to be determined by the best interests of the child, not the sexual preference of his or her parents. What happens when the couple terminates their relationship? What happens to the parent who is not biologically related to the child?
If you and your partner have decided to end your domestic relationship, contact an Orange County Family Law attorney who has handled cases involving gay or lesbian couples with a shared child – one who will make sure you and your partner come up with a custody arrangement that will suit everyone’s needs, especially the child’s.