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Same-sex parents have strengths and challenges

As society moves forward, it is quite likely that gay marriage and gay parenting will become more the norm. And as we all collectively become more used to the idea, fewer and fewer people will have an issue with same-sex couples marrying and having children. Of course if you are a gay or lesbian parent, you fully realize that your bond with your child is as strong as anyone's.

Yet sadly, there can be objections raised against gay couples and individuals being allowed to have children. But these objections are more than narrow minded, they are simply unfounded. Plenty of research exists to counter the arguments against gay parenting. Here are just a few of the important findings:

  • Children of lesbian and gay parents report that their peer relationships are healthy, positive and normal.
  • In comparison to children raised by heterosexual parents, children raised by same-sex parents demonstrate no increased tendencies to harbor psychological issues such as low-self esteem and depression.
  • Children raised by same-sex parents perform equally well in their schooling as their peers raised by heterosexual parents.

And perhaps most importantly, in regard to receiving understanding from their parents, and feeling a closeness to their parents, children raised by same-sex parents report having equivalent experiences with those children raised by heterosexual parents.

Unfortunately, another way in which same-sex and heterosexual parents are equal is that sometimes their relationships do not work out. And when parents realize that it is best to part ways, there can be child custody issues to resolve.

For gay and lesbian parents who are divorcing, it can be very important to have an attorney who understands how to negotiate equitable child custody and visitation agreements. If you are looking to resolve a child custody dispute, a Colorado family law attorney may be able to provide you with the help you need.

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