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What do you think of tri-parenting?

A new parenting model is emerging around the nation, and a lot of state family law judges are agreeing with the idea. It's called tri-parenting, and it involves a child having three parents instead of two.

On the surface, tri-parenting might not make a lot of sense unless you're considering a polygamous marriage. But if you consider the legalization of gay marriage two years ago, tri-parenting is exactly the model we need -- especially when a same-sex female couple decides to bring a male friend into the equation to have a baby.

What has happened on more than one occasion is that the male-end of the baby equation speaks up and requests shared parental rights. Met with this unique dilemma, some family law judges have decided that it's most appropriate to allow all of the parents -- the two biological parents and the non-biological parent -- to be included on the birth certificate. The third parent in these situations is also offered visitation rights.

In several states, tri-parenting decisions have been approved by the state supreme courts. In other states, like Florida, pro-tri-parenting decisions have been made by the lower courts.

A 17-year-old California teenager who now has three parents due to a tri-parenting ruling says that her parents are not any different from someone else's. The main difference in her case is that she has three of them, she said.

Could tri-parenting work for you and your family? If you want to legally be the third parent of a child, you may want to discuss the issue with a qualified family law attorney. A Florida lawyer can provide you advice about tri-parenting and whether it's likely that you will be able to gain approval from a judge for such a model.

Source:, "Here’s a look at a new trend called ‘tri-parenting’ and where it’s legal," Tré Goins-Phillips, accessed June 23, 2017

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