Previously published in Examiner
Part 2 of the non traditional fathers series
One group of non-traditional dads who have made quite of lot of media attention is the homosexual couple, where two male partners claim fatherhood. Montreal men have a bit more advantages than American men; but really not all that much either especially in terms of legal rights.
Again one of these men may very well be the legal father that can easily be proven by a home paternity test, or a legal paternity DNA test, however in this new area of non-traditional parenting many gray areas arise.
What happens when a homosexual couple breakup and the non-biological Dad is now denied child visitations? This area of the law has not been addressed. For the most part, homosexual partners do not have legal rights.
Same sex marriages used to be recognized in the state of California but is now overturned (by proposition 8). Massachusetts allows same sex marriage, Vermont, Connecticut, Washington, Oregon, New Hampshire, and New Jersey also allows same sex unions and marriages. While certain states such as New York, Iowa, and the District of Columbia only recognizes out of state same sex marriages. There is no standard policy put forth for any non-traditional same sex father.
Barring legal issues, there is no difference between these non-traditional fathers and the divorced biological father counterparts who lose their right to be with their child. Love is love; it is not defined solely on the basis of a parental DNA connection or a legal definition. Non-traditional parents hurt just as much as any biological parent and many are actually better parents in the long run.
Other Montreal sources for Father’s rights
Men`s Legal Defense Fund
4652 Sherbrooke West #3 Montreal H3Z 1G3
Tel: (514) 846-5733
Groupe d’entraide aux pères et soutien à l’enfant (GEPSE) inc.
4272 Papineau, bureau 101
Montréal, Québec H2H 1S9
Tél. 514 527-3166 Email Fax. 514 527-2667
Father’s right group since 1983.m