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Celebrity Chef Cat Cora: Parental Rights for Same-Sex Partners?

Denver divorce attorneys can help gay and lesbian parents in issues like child custody and visitation rights. Take the case of celebrity chef Cat Cora. At present, she is married to her wife Jennifer Cora. They are living with their sons Zoran and Caje. And both parents are pregnant with two more sons expected to be born in 2009. While their family is intact and living happily right now, there can be problems regarding parental rights for partners if the couple’s relationship bogs down. If ordinary divorce proceedings can already be complicated, imagine how draining things would be in ironing out conflicting interests between same-sex partners who are getting a divorce.

Issues Following Separation

While Chef Cat Cora and her wife Jennifer have nothing to worry about in their relationship, there are several cases now concerning same-sex partners who have separated. Many divorce lawyers in Colorado have been aggressively engaged in messy battles for parental rights involving clients who are gay, lesbian, and bisexual partners. In Colorado, there has been the landmark case of Dr. Cheryl Clark against her longtime partner Elsey Mcleod. After their marriage fell apart, Clark asked to restrict and later on cancel the visitation rights of Mcleod. The latter filed a motion for reconsideration asking for joint custody of their adopted daughter. The court later ruled that the two mothers shall equally share responsibilities as parents.

Divorce attorneys know that Colorado courts do not look at the sexual orientation of the parents when determining parental rights for partners. The most important issue has always been the children’s welfare. Depending on how aggressive a divorce attorney is in asserting his or her client’s rights, Colorado courts can grant a divorced same-sex partner the prerogative to petition for parental rights, even if such partner is not biologically or legally related to the child or children in question. The point is that it pays to get the services of an expert divorce attorney, especially if you are fighting for parental rights in a same-sex marriage.

Final Thoughts

In the end, you should get help from reputable divorce lawyers, whether you are a celebrity or not, because the fact of the matter is that divorce has never been a walk in the park. Aside from spewing out crushing emotional sacrifices and financial losses, divorce can result in a predicament involving parental rights for partners. Divorce attorneys can effectively assist you in getting past the twists and turns of divorce laws in the state and, eventually, in creating solutions that can meet your best interests and those of your kids.

Posted December 15, 2014
by: MFL Team

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