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Family Law Issues in LGBT Parenting
Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

There is no charge for this program.

New York Credit: 2.5 professional practice
For California, Illinois,New Jersey & Pennsylvania Credit please visit our website

Event Materials
Buell Updated Materials

In the wake of New York's Marriage Equality Act, the practice of family law has significantly changed. Is marriage the panacea for parental rights in LGBT families? Are second parent adoptions still necessary or desirable? Hear from a panel of experienced practitioners about legal developments related to these issues -- and more, including surrogacy, de facto parenting, and the portability of parental status.

Program Chair: Anna M. Pohl, Senior Trial Attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Faculty: Carol Buell, Weiss, Buell & Bell LLP; Virginia Goggin, Project Coordinator, LGBT Law Project at NYLAG; Kristin Kimmel, Senior Attorney, Co-Director, LGBTQ Project, Lawyers for Children, Inc.; Noah E. Lewis, Transgender Rights Coordinator, Transgender Legal Defense& Education Fund; J. Rhodes Perry, Senior Advisor for LGBTQ Policy & Practice, NYC Administration for Children's Services

Sponsoring Association Committee: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights, Jordan Backman, Chair

Co-Sponsored by: City Bar Justice Center



6:00 - 6:40 p.m.: Becoming a Parent and Securing Parental Rights Issues:

  • Ways LGBT people become parents
  • Need to secure parental rights for portability, not hinge on relationship status
  • Divorce/separation and custody issues for LGBT parents
Carol Buell & Virginia Goggin

6:40 - 7:20 p.m. Legal Issues for Foster Parents and Representing Foster Children Issues:

  • How foster parenting system works in NYC
  • Process for foster-to-permanent parenting
  • Rights and legal issues of LGBT foster parents
  • LGBTQ foster children - legal issues they face/representing children in foster care
Kristin Kimmel & J. Rhodes Perry

7:20 - 8:00 p.m. Parenting Issues, Especially for Trans Persons Who Are Parents and Parenting Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Kids Issues:

  • Trans parenting and custody/visitation disputes - are courts treating trans parents fairly?
  • Issues foster/parents of LGBTQ youth face (e.g. transphobic person calling CPS because parents allow a trans child to present a certain way, other examples)
  • Legal issues in raising gender non-conforming kids - "appropriate" medical care, puberty, safety in schools
Kristin Kimmel & Noah E. Lewis

8:00 - 8:20 p.m. Outdated Aspects of NYS Family Law and Potential Legal/Legislative Fixes Issues:

  • No recognition of surrogacy contracts
  • No recognition of de facto parents
  • Other examples of issues under NYS law
  • What other jurisdictions do that is more beneficial for LGBT and other families
  • Potential Legislative Fixes - De Facto Parenting Bill
All panelists

8:20 - 8:30 p.m. Q&A

All panelists


42 W 44th Street, New York, NY 10036


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