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26 MAY 2006

Is three a crowd? Lesbian mothers perspectives on parental status

Leanne Smith, Queen's Univeristy Belfast. Drawing on interviews with 16 lesbian mothers and co-parents, this paper considers the tension between law's recognition of the social and genetic aspects of parenting. Through findings from the interviews, it will be demonstrated that law remains unable to distinguish adequately between different dimensions of parenthood and the rights and responsibilities that should be attached to each. The innovative approach lesbian parents take to defining and practicing parenthood is considered and it is suggested that some way of separating legally the fact of genetic parentage from the act of social parenting would be beneficial for all families. See Child and Family Law Quarterly, Vol 18, No 2, 2006 for the full article.

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