The past couple of years have been exciting for same-sex couples in Virginia and elsewhere. Same-sex marriage was legalized in every state. Equalizing divorce and child custody rights followed suit. At Family Law Group, we understand that laws and opinions are still evolving regarding same-sex marriage and divorce since this is such a new area. If you are part of a same-sex couple, you might be faced with biases regarding how your children are developing emotionally.
Recent studies have suggested that the children of same-sex parents do not have as many emotional difficulties as some people claim. The most common statement you might have heard is that children need both a father and a mother for optimum emotional development. However, according to CNN, children who have two mothers or two fathers are just as likely to be as happy and well-adjusted as those with heterosexual parents.
The results of a study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics claims that stress is a significant factor affecting children’s emotional well-being. As a same-sex couple, you might have a higher level of stress if you regularly deal with biases against your family structure, or if you and your partner are not getting along. However, stress is a normal part of life. If you are able to manage it in a healthy way, your children stand a better chance of growing up emotionally stable. The same types of challenges are faced in families with both a mother and a father, or in single-parent households. You may learn more about family law matters faced by same-sex parents by visiting our page on the topic.