Fall 2017 Course Schedule

Family Law: Children of LGBT Parents (CANCELLED) (LAW-782-001)
Nancy Polikoff

Meets: 01:00 PM - 02:50 PM (CANCELLED)

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Assessment:Take-home exam, other. Students will have a choice of questions on which to write a final 12-15 page paper based on the readings over the semester. Students should register for an additional independent study in order to satisy the ULWR.


Examines some of the most cutting-edge legal issues in family law. Specifically, the course covers the following: how to define a parent and what constitutional rights parents have; custody and visitation issues arising for children born within heterosexual marriages when a parent later comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender; family formation through adoption, foster parenting, sperm and egg donor insemination, and traditional and gestational surrogacy; whether/when the marital presumption of parentage applies to same-sex spouses; interstate and federal recognition of parentage; and custody and child support disputes when same-sex couples split up. Students also study demographic and social science research on children with gay or lesbian parents; public opinion research about lesbians and gay men raising children; and arguments about the well-being of children that have come up in litigation, legislative efforts, and ballot initiatives about same-sex marriage and parenting.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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There is no textbook for this course. All readings will be posted on MyWCL.

First Class Readings

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