Advice & Education

Homophobia in child custody cases

According to ChildCustodyHelp2U.com, a third of all lesbians have children from previous heterosexual marriages, IVF or other means; and most gay custody cases involve lesbian moms where fitness as a parent is contested by the biological dad.

The group highlights the issue of homophobia in child custody cases by offering examples of recent custody decisions, such as Sharon Bottoms – who was sued for custody of her young son by her mother.

Obsolete sodomy laws and stereotyped perceptions of gay men and lesbians still hinder custody decisions. ChildCustodyHelp2U believes “the real losers in these battles are children, whose lives are disrupted and modified through the transfer of custody”.