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Parenting and adoption laws may affect Colorado families

It's becoming more and more apparent to legislators and Coloradan citizens who've become parents through alternative methods that child custody and support issues can abound in certain situations. The struggle that many are dealing with these days is that it appears the science of parenting and adoption may have outstretched the laws regarding parenting and adoptions. For those who aren't able to conceive of their own accord, adoption has been an option for some time. The difference now is that adoption is a much larger platform, involving very different technology and the rules are changing.

Becoming a parent is something many people dream about. When faced with the difficult reality that it may not be exactly as they had hoped, how many people cope is to find another way. Through in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, and the multitude of laws regarding adoption, states have begun to determine their own ideas of parenting and child custody. However, there are a select few cases that the U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear in order to potentially declare the sovereign ruling on certain familial circumstances.

One story includes that of a father who left his sperm to his wife in his will, instructing her to do with them whatever she so chose in the event of his death. After his illness claimed him, she used said sperm and produced twins who now aren't able to receive survivorship benefits due to the fact that they had not yet been conceived at the time of his death. The state wherein this occurred is to determine this case sometime in the near future.

With all of the different family dynamics, one of the best ways to ensure your family's safety and your children's care is to work with a family lawyer and lay out the specifics regarding their custody arrangements as well as your rights as their parent. As the laws continue to move forward, the meaning of being a parent may gain even more gradations and Colorado parents may wish to follow these cases as they proceed through the courts. Understanding your rights to the custody and support of your children could be the best way to be a mom or dad to them.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Are you my mother?' Sometimes, there's no easy answer," Cathy Lynn Grossman, Dec. 14, 2012

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