Family and Relationship Recognition

Family and Relationship Recognition

Passage of marriage equality did not resolve a host of family law issues that continue to impact LGBTQ families in Maryland, such as parental rights and custody determinations. Moreover, unexplored areas of family law as they apply to LGBTQ families leave parents with a great deal of uncertainty about whether their parent-child relationships will be recognized.

Issues include:

  • Weak parental protections
  • Burdensome second-parent adoption process
  • Domestic and intimate partner violence