Co-parenting & Parenting Agreements
Co-parenting is another option open to lesbian, gay and bisexual people. This is when the biological parents, although not necessarily in a relationship together, agree to both share custody of their child.
It is important to give careful consideration when choosing the co-parent. Decisions regarding the child’s upbringing would need to be discussed, ensuring that you both share the same values.
Once you have found a suitable partner, contacting a legal representative is advisable. It would be a good idea to draw up a ‘parenting agreement’ covering the important aspects of child care . It wouldn’t be legally binding but such agreements are a good idea.
The matter can be complicated if the parenting arrangement is between two couples.
However, if both couples are civilly partnered, both non-biological parents can obtain parental responsibility by signing a parental responsibility agreement.