As families grapple with raising gender-expansive or transgender children, legal issues are some of the most unsettling challenges they encounter.
Legal Professionals and Practitioners
As families grapple with raising transgender or gender-expansive children, one of the most unsettling aspects of the experience can be related to the legal issues they encounter. Already uncertain about many of the situations in which they find themselves, parents can become paralyzed when they must also take into account the various legal implications of their parenting choices.
Whether trying to stop unfair treatment of their child at school, or having custody threatened by an unsupportive spouse or co-parent, parents facing legal questions rarely have the necessary knowledge to navigate this challenging terrain. As a result, they turn to attorneys and other legal professionals for support and guidance.
Unfortunately, most lawyers have had little or no experience handling cases involving the complex issues of gender and children. There are most likely few, if any resources available to support an attorney as they try to address their client’s needs. Even more challenging is to try and find resources that address the nuances such cases can present.
Gender Spectrum has proven an important resource for a variety of legal services providers. We offer a variety of ways to support attorneys, law firms, and other legal organizations in this complex area. To learn more about Gender Spectrum’s work in the legal arena, please contact us.