Family Formation Blog

Same-Sex Couples: Do We Still Need a Second Parent Adoption?

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case Obergefell v. Hodges regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriages in the United States. In a 5-4 decision written by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court has legalized marriage equality.  Thus, same-sex...

How does Marriage Equality impact my Adoption?

Adoption is guided by statutes established in each individual state.  There is no universal adoption law that applies similarly to each state.  This is why interstate adoptions can be complicated and require an attorney with specific experience and knowledge in the field.  In...

Virginia Marriage Equality

On October 6, 2014, the United States Supreme Court denied the review of the seven Federal Circuit Court rulings from the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits.  These rulings held state bans on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution.  In doing so, the Supreme Court has...

D.C. Adoption Laws Draw Lesbians for Second Parent Adoptions

As recently reported by the Washington Post (an article in which I provided background information for), many lesbians from Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Ohio and other states that prohibit second parent adoption are coming into the District of Columbia to give birth so that...

D.C. Domestic Partnership Judicial Determination of Parentage Amendment Act

The District of Columbia amended its D.C. Domestic Partnership Judicial Determination of Parentage Amendment Act (aka D.C. Parentage Act) to allow some non-D.C. residents additional adoption or parentage rights. The amendment as noted on my website in March of this year, took...

“I believe in working with each of my clients—in support of their family dynamic—to make the dreams of parenthood a reality. Whether you are single or married; or gay; a step-parent, a surrogate or intended parent or a child of adoption, it is my mission to serve as your advocate. With a dedication to the ethical and sensitive nature of each situation, I will help you understand the laws within Maryland or Washington, DC for adoption or surrogacy, and pledge to be your partner throughout the journey.” - Jennifer Fairfax