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2003

Golden Gate University School of Law

Family Law

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My Father Is A Woman, Oh No!: The Failure Of The Courts To Uphold Individual Substantive Due Process Rights For Transgender Parents Under The Guise Of The Best Interests Of The Child, Helen Chang Jan 2003

My Father Is A Woman, Oh No!: The Failure Of The Courts To Uphold Individual Substantive Due Process Rights For Transgender Parents Under The Guise Of The Best Interests Of The Child, Helen Chang

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Under the guise of the "best interest of the child," courts have denied biological and legal parents both custody and visitation rights over their children because these parents were either in the process of changing, or had completed a change, in their sexual and/or gender identity. One court has even terminated the parent-child relationship because of a parent's transgender status. This article proposes that a parent's transgender status does not render that parent per se unfit for custody and/or visitation. Rather, a parent's gender change should be used as merely one factor within the nexus ...