LGBT family law presentation: Who’s your daddy?

In two days’ time I will be presenting about LGBT family law. The presentation is to the Australian Psychological Society Family Law and Psychology Interest Group. All are welcome. I have found that one of the greatest difficulties with the law when acting for LGBT people is that the law can be confusing as to… Read More »Custom Single Post Header

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LGBT family law presentation: Who’s your daddy?

In two days’ time I will be presenting about LGBT family law. The presentation is to the Australian Psychological Society Family Law and Psychology Interest Group. All are welcome.

I have found that one of the greatest difficulties with the law when acting for LGBT people is that the law can be confusing as to who is recognised as a parent, may be recognised for different purposes and in different ways.

Imagine for example a woman who lives with a transman (i.e. female to male), and they decide to have a baby. One might think that because they are in a loving relationship and have consciously made the decision to have a child that they will both be recognised as parents. The answer is a mess. For example the transman might be recognised as a woman under State law, under which he can then be named as a “parent” on the birth certificate, but not as the father. Under the Family Law Act he would be recognised as a “parent” irrespective of his gender, even though he might be considered for all purposes except for genetic purposes as a man.

This is but one small example of my talk.

The venue is in Melbourne, and the cost is $30.

For more details about the event: click here:  http://www.psychology.org.au/Events/EventView.aspx?EventID=11890

 

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