What Does it Mean to Be a Parent?

As a parent myself, I have thought about this question in philosophical and pragmatic terms.  As a parent, I must be present with and for my child.  I work hard to provide her with a comfortable life.  I listen to her problems and celebrate her joys.  I look her in the eye and put down … Continue reading What Does it Mean to Be a Parent?

Mental Health and Child Custody

The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the right to marry, to have a family and raise them as we, as individuals, see fit. These are only a handful of liberty interest protected by the Constitution of the United States. Some of those fundamental rights were recently extended to same sex couples. The Obergefell v. Hodges decision was rendered last June (576 U.S. 2015), reminding us that the Constitution is a living document, subject to the interpretation of nine (currently eight) justices with varied political viewpoints rooted in highly polarized ideologies. Fortunately for same sex couples, this decision extended the right to marry and raise a family without fear of illegitimacy or legal barriers to the rights traditional married couples enjoy.