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Q: Third-parent but we aren't yet parents at all

I just found this question and answer ( and am in a very similar situation, except we haven't had any children yet. As we look forward to that, could you either recommend somebody in the Chicago area that we could talk to, or let us know if some form of third-parent adoption is available in other states that we could benefit from? All of my research seems to only give me outdated information.

A: Response from Will Halm

Hi there. Not all jurisdictions have embraced the concept of 3 legal parents as this is an ever changing area of law. So it's no surprise that your research may have only revealed outdated information. It would be best to speak to either one of these 2 attorneys who will be able to advise you further.

Rosemary Mulryan Mulryan & York 4001 N Wolcott Ave Chicago, IL 60613 773-248-8887


Richard A Wilson PC 161 N Clark St Suite 4700 Chicago IL 60601 312-450-6670

Best of luck to you, Rich

Richard B. Vaughn, Esq. International Fertility Law Group Inc. 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 645 Los Angeles, CA 90036 323-904-47333

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Cliff Greenberg

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Cliff Greenberg, Esq, has devoted his entire legal career to helping children and families. After graduating from the George Washington University School of Law, he joined the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division in Manhattan as a Law Guardian, where he worked tirelessly to ensure that the city's foster children were protected and placed in loving, permanent homes.
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Joyce Kauffman

Joyce Kauffman

Joyce Kauffman is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in December 1992. She has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley College (now Lesley University) and a Bachelor's degree in Child Development from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Attorney Kauffman is also a trained Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer; the focus of her legal practice, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is LGBT family law and traditional family law.
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Richard B. Vaughn

Richard B. Vaughn

At International Fertility Law Group (IFLG), Richard B. Vaughn provides legal services nationwide to clients from all over the world hoping to build their families through assisted reproduction as well. Among many other volunteer activities, Rich Chairs the A.R.T. Committee of the ABA Family Law Section. Rich has also served on the National Board of the American Fertility Association (now Path 2 Parenthood).
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