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On 9 December 2017 marriage equality was introduced in Australia.

MARRIAGE
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Whilst changing your name through marriage is not compulsory, it’s a custom that still occurs today.

SURNAMES
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Becoming a parent is a huge and life-changing event no matter what your sexual orientation.

CREATING YOUR GAYBY BABY
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You may have a friend or a relative of your partner who may be willing to donate sperm to you or enter into a co-parenting relationship.

SOURCING YOUR SPERM
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You can be a biological parent, but not a legal parent. Legal parent status emerges from the following situations.

ARE YOU A LEGAL PARENT?
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An unknown donor has no legal rights or obligations to the child.

UNKNOWN DONOR RIGHTS
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Before choosing a known donor, be aware that there have been recent cases where a known donor has requested and been granted legal rights to the child.

KNOWN DONORS 
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An agreement between you, your partner and a donor is referred to as a donor agreement.

DONOR AGREEMENTS
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It’s a good idea to think about embryos when doing your family planning.

WHO OWNS YOUR EMBRYOS?
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For lesbians, IVF is a path to parenting that allows each partner to feel physically or biologically connected to their child.

IVF 
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A lesbian foster carer takes on the role of a parent to the child for a period of time to make sure a child has a safe and loving home.

BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT
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Not every lesbian or lesbian couple chooses to bear children.

ADOPTION
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Almost all states now provide for lesbian partners to be listed as a “parent” or (other) “mother” on their child’s birth certificate.

BIRTH CERTIFICATES
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It is important to select the person you want to make decisions for you if you were unable to make them for yourself. 

WILLS & MEDICAL INCAPACITY 
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Like a will, health insurance is one of those things in life that we don’t always like to think about.

MEDICARE & HEALTH INSURANCE
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Unfortunately domestic violence may occur in some lesbian relationships.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
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Two mothers can now be listed on a child’s passport application, but you should research the laws of the country you are travelling to for safety reasons.

PASSPORTS & TRAVEL
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It’s important to know what our rights are and how we might proceed should a situation arise.

EMPLOYMENT & DISRCRIMINATION
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Like all couples, lesbian relationships don’t start out with the idea that they might end.

SEPARATION
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If you need to get a Divorce, check out the resources here and whether you need a lawyer to assist.

DIVORCE
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The primary considerations of the Family Court in looking at what is best for a child are...

FAMILY COURT
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Child support is to assist one parent with the day-to-day expenses of raising a child

CHILD SUPPORT
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Read the latest cases in the Family Court dealing with lesbian couples and donors.

CASE LAW
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Read about lesbians who have created families in different ways.

DEFINITIONS
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Surrogacy is an arrangement where a woman, known as the surrogate, agrees to carry a child in pregnancy for the intended parents.

SURROGACY
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If you have been with your partner for a long time and have helped raise their child, then you may discuss adopting their child.

ADOPTING YOUR PARTNER'S CHILD
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If you have used a sperm donor, then chances are your children will have donor siblings or 'diblings' in Australia and possibly overseas.

DONOR SIBLINGS
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