Second Parent Adoptions
Second-parent adoption is similar to step-parent adoptions in that the biological parent retains their parental rights and the co-parent adopts. An adoption allows the second parent to participate fully in raising the child.
Sometimes couples do not pursue second-parent adoption because they think the worst-case scenario will not happen to them. No one enters into a life-long partnership, civil union, or marriage expecting to divorce or for one parent to pass away while their child is underage. But unexpected things happen. Part of providing for your child and ensuring their security means planning for the unexpected. The Adoption Law Center recommends that all LGBT couples adopt, even if both parents are on the birth certificate.
Recent bills in Tennessee are aimed at invalidating second parent rights. So, please protect your family by adopting your child(ren) and preparing a will.