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Maryland court ruling confirms that being a parent is about more than biology

Maryland's same-sex marriage law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 and while the law seeks to provide marriage equality for all state residents, same-sex couples who chose to have their own or who adopt children often still encounter legal obstacles and challenges.

Same-sex couples can face parental rights issues

Maryland residents who are in same-sex relationships and have children may run into a number of problems if they break up. A case in Kentucky that has drawn attention involves a woman who was in a relationship with another woman, and the other woman became pregnant thanks to a sperm donor. The first woman has no biological connection to the child, but she was named on the child's medical records, cared for the child and had a parenting agreement after the couple broke up.

The tax treatment of same-sex marriages

In a statement, the IRS said on Oct. 21 that it would recognize same-sex marriages in all 50 states for tax purposes. The marriages would be recognized even if they have taken place in states that have not yet legalized such unions. The impetus for the ruling was the June 2015 Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges which dealt with a man who had traveled from Ohio to Maryland to marry his partner who was dying from Lou Gehrig's disease.

Same-sex marriage decision leaves some unanswered questions

The Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges was a game-changer in many states that did not allow same-sex marriages or did not recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. However, for same-sex couples in Maryland and across the country, the ruling left some questions unresolved.

Woman denied paternity rights in same-sex divorce

A Maryland judge has said that current state law leaves him with no choice but to rule against the claim of a woman filing for custody or visitation rights following the end of a same-sex marriage. The woman had filed for paternity rights to the child her partner gave birth to six months before the two married. The decision by the Court of Special Appeals on Sept. 2 upheld a ruling of the Washington County Circuit Court.

Same-sex divorce in Maryland

The June 2015 Supreme Court decision that overturned the final legal block to gay marriage also opened the door for divorce among same-sex couples. While in the main this will not be handled materially differently from heterosexual marriages, there are some crucial key differences that will require vetting through case law to resolve properly. This is because many of these situations are not currently countenanced by existing legal precedent, including tax law and child custody considerations.