Course Description

LAW 617 - Special Topics in Family Law: Children of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Parents

This seminar will examine some of the most cutting-edge legal issues in family law: 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. We will also study demographic and social science research on children with gay or lesbian parents 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. Students will write a substantial research paper. There are no prerequisites for this seminar.

Course Information:

This course is not offered in 2014 - 2015

Previous Course Offerings:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Nancy Polikoff 12F 617 SEM 1 T 5:00 PM - 6:50 PM 3.0 No Per instructor's discretion
Administrative Law & Government Regulation - Public Health, Labor and Welfare; Family Law; Gender & Sexual Orientation Law;