While Florida is known to be a surrogacy-friendly state, Florida has been behind the curve when it comes to the issues of same sex marriage and same sex adoption. Fortunately, we have made a lot of progress since 2015. Florida’s gestational surrogacy statute specifically provides that the commissioning couple be a married man and woman. If a married same sex couple wishes to use a surrogate, this statute now would also apply to them, as the statute has just not caught up with the evolution that has occurred since 2015 with regard to marriage equality and the rights of same sex couples and families. Additionally, Florida’s legislature has removed the ban on gay adoption from Florida’s statutes. Same sex couples have been able to adopt and utilize a surrogate in Florida prior to these recent developments, however, these welcome changes will make the process more streamlined.
LGBT Adoption Attorney in Tampa
If an unmarried same sex couple wishes to create their family with the assistance of a gestational surrogate, it is important to proceed under Chapter 63 of the Florida Statutes, and draft the agreement as a Preplanned Adoption Agreement. As an adoption lawyer and surrogacy lawyer in Tampa, Karen Persis understands the nuances in the law that affect legally married same sex couples on their journey to family formation and strong child support. She knows how to draft these agreements, how to proceed in court, and enjoys helping Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transexual (LGBT) couples and individuals create families that may not have been easy or even possible not too long ago.
Tampa Same Sex Divorce Attorney
If a Same Sex marriage ends up not working out, Child custody can become an issue. Karen Persis offers Same Sex Divorce Legal Representation in Tampa. In Florida, a divorce is either contested or uncontested. An uncontested divorce might be an option for you if the parties are in agreement as to the terms of the dissolution, which includes the distribution of assets and liabilities, alimony, timesharing, child support, and the division of the parental responsibilities for any minor children involved otherwise custody and visitation may become an issue.
Please contact her for a free consult today concerning same sex couples adoption or surrogacy, so that all of these issues and developments can be discussed in great detail.
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