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(p. 173) Social Science Research on Heterosexual Relationship Dissolution and Divorce Where One Parent Comes Out as LGB 

(p. 173) Social Science Research on Heterosexual Relationship Dissolution and Divorce Where One Parent Comes Out as LGB
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(p. 173) Social Science Research on Heterosexual Relationship Dissolution and Divorce Where One Parent Comes Out as LGB
Author(s):

Fiona Tasker

, and Katy Rensten

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190635176.003.0010
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date: 16 January 2019

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) parenthood post-heterosexual relationship (PHR) dissolution was the focus of much of the early social science research on sexual minority parenting from the 1980s onward, and remains relevant today. The initial legal cases contesting LGB parenting involved mainly lesbian mothers seeking custody of their children PHR. Yet the focus of most research on LGB parenting and legislation in the twenty-first century has been on children brought up in planned LGB-parent families. This chapter highlights the key issues of sexual identity disclosure and identity intersection for LGB parents PHR. It considers family transition through single parenthood, nonresidential parenting, and stepfamily formation that might particularly marginalize LGB parents and their children PHR. The review focuses on studies of LGB parents, new same-gender partners, and children in these families. When relevant, it considers how family law relates to sexual minority identity empowerment and disempowerment PHR.

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