Queer stepfamilies : the path to social and legal recognition (Book, 2021) [WorldCat.org]
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Queer stepfamilies : the path to social and legal recognition

Author: Katie L Acosta
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2021] ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Lesbian, bisexual, and queer families formed after the dissolution of a marriage face a range of obstacles. In this book, Katie L. Acosta offers insight into their complex experiences as they negotiate parenting among multiple parents and family-building in a world not designed to meet their needs. Drawing on interviews, Acosta follows the journeys of more than forty families as they navigate a legal and social  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katie L Acosta
ISBN: 9781479800957 1479800953 9781479800988 1479800988
OCLC Number: 1201179249
Description: x, 257 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Contents: Plural parenting : the good, the bad, and the ugly --
Stepparents' familial roles : finding their way to meaningful contributions --
Seeking recognition in stepparent families --
Expanding families --
Stepping into the courts : sometimes it's just ugly --
"It really is better if we all just stay alive".
Responsibility: Katie L. Acosta.

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"Lesbian, bisexual, and queer families formed after the dissolution of a marriage face a range of obstacles. In this book, Katie L. Acosta offers insight into their complex experiences as they negotiate parenting among multiple parents and family-building in a world not designed to meet their needs. Drawing on interviews, Acosta follows the journeys of more than forty families as they navigate a legal and social landscape that fails to recognize their existence. Acosta contextualizes the legal realities of LGBTQ stepparent families and considers the actions these parents take to protect their families in the absence of comprehensive policies or laws geared to meet their needs. The book reveals the obstacles these families face in family courts during divorce proceedings and custody cases, and highlights their distrust of courts when it comes to acting in their children's best interests, especially in the event of an origin parent's death. As LGBTQ families continue to make social and legal strides in acceptance and recognition, this important book shows how queer stepparents find ways to make their families work, despite the many social and legal obstacles they encounter"--

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This is a fantastic and important book. Putting forth profound and often heartbreaking narratives about the struggles and strengths of LBQ stepparent families, Katie L. Acosta advocates for family Read more...

 
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