Groundbreaking Legal Work

The LGBT Bar’s membership is impressive in its diversity in areas of practice. One section of our membership, in particular, that regularly helps to shape the legal landscape of the United States is the Family Law Institute (FLI). Earlier this summer, FLI member Michele Zavos (Zavos Juncker Law Group, PLLC) did just that.

Michele obtained a Judgment of Parentage in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for three people parenting a child together.  Two women, who are married, engaged a friend of theirs to be the sperm donor for them.  The three, in planning for the future, intended to raise the child together.

The D.C.  Code provides that there is a presumption of parentage for the non-birth mom, and the sperm donor is a parent pursuant to an agreement signed by all three parents. Based on this, The Court ordered that a new birth certificate be issued by the District of Columbia with the names of all three parents on it.

This case is an example of the hard work and dedication that our members show their clients on a daily basis.