Gay/Lesbian Custody

When Non-Traditional Families Break Up

More and more often, gay men and lesbians are raising children together. If these families break up, the custody of the child or children can become a highly disputed issue, just as it does in any parental relationship.

The attorneys of Murphy & Dunn, P.C. in Peoria, Illinois, are available to help you negotiate, mediate or litigate a resolution to child custody and visitation disputes that respects your goals, rights and interests while putting the welfare of the children first.

All Kinds of Families

Non-traditional families can be formed in many ways. They can adopt a child who is in need of a home. One woman in a lesbian couple may bear a child, and the other member of the couple may choose to adopt the baby. A gay couple may have a child by working with a surrogate.

Biological parents and adoptive parents have a right to child custody or parenting time (visitation). Members of a non-traditional family who do not have legal standing may have a more difficult time obtaining custody.

That is why it is important to retain a lawyer who understands these issues and has a record of success in obtaining custody and visitation for gay and lesbian clients.

The court will look at what is in the best interest of the child. We will work to show that the child's welfare is best served by having an ongoing relationship with you. We will investigate and document the amount of time you spend with the child and the role you played in his or her life.

We are available to be of assistance in all family law issues facing gay and lesbian couples and parents.

For A Free Initial Attorney Consultation

Contact us today for your free initial consultation. Parking is free. To set up an appointment, please call us at 866-681-5405, or fill out the Client Intake Sheet on this Web site. We now have two office locations to serve you better. Our man office is located at 456 Fulton Street, Suite 425, Peoria, Illinois 61602.