The law surrounding parenthood and parental responsibility of children of people in LGBT relationships can be complicated. The law in this area is still emerging. The circumstances surrounding conception need to be considered.
It is important to establish whether or not you are a legal parent and/or have parental responsibility. It will impact upon your ability to have a say in the upbringing of the child, financial obligations, inheritance and your right to be able to automatically apply to Court to determine issuing involving the child.
If you have a child and are uncertain of your legal status you should contact a member of the Family Law Team accordingly for tailored advice to your circumstances.
For general guidance on issues that arise relating to children see our Children section.
You may find it useful to contact Rainbow Families, an informal social and support group for LGBT parents and their children.