WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- After conducting a successful same-sex divorce mediation, Matthew Brickman of iMediate Inc., a South Florida based family law mediation group recently released the statement, "I have conducted a same-sex mediation divorce and it was like none other that I have ever done. It was one of the most difficult yet exciting mediations of my career and I am so looking forward to conducting more."
The complete video interview can be seen here:
Case History and Challenges That We Faced:
- The judge initially wasn't sure they could take jurisdiction over the case so it was delayed.
- The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June 2015 allowed the judge to move forward with the case.
- The relationship originally began as a civil union in the late 2000's in a state that allowed same sex marriage.
- The two women in the relationship had a child so there was a biological mother who got pregnant through in vitro fertilization and a legal mother.
- The parenting plan had to be gender neutral, not "Mom" or "Dad", it had to say "parent".
- The plan could not read "Parent 1" and "Parent 2" as to not create a powerplay.
- The language had to be extremely explicit to address the specific language that schools and medical institutions require to allow the legal parent access to records (the biological parent is already entitled to these rights).
- Emotions ran extremely high with the women as there was a true ownership of the child and the child was a possession.
He went on to say, "Creating the parenting plan was a delicate tightrope of issues to walk...but we got through it."
Key Takeaways and Major Wins in a Same-Sex Mediation Divorce Case:
1. Having the court recognize the civil union, domestic partnership or marriage of the two parties is huge.
2. Having the court recognize that the children are the children of the parties (one delegated the biological and one the legal parent).
3. Shared parental responsibility is a major win even though this is standard practice in conventional divorce.
4. 50/50 Timesharing.
Conducting same-sex divorces takes patience, skill, understanding and absolutely no judgement, condemnation or bias. All political, personal and religious beliefs must be left at the door more than ever.
More information is available at the following page on the corporate website:
For more information on same-sex marriage premarital counseling and same-sex divorce mediation contact Matthew Brickman at (877) 822-1479 or call **iMediate from any cell phone and visit http://www.ichatmediation.com.
Check his mediation calendar for availability to schedule your next mediation.
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