While the rights of gay and lesbian people continue to expand on both a state level and a national level, they still face many challenges, including here in New York. For example, a recent study has found that courts often rule against gay and lesbian parents in child custody cases. Despite a vast body of research that shows having gay and lesbian parents does not negatively affect children, many courts seem to rule as if it does have a poor impact. This is true in states that allow same-sex marriage and in states that do not, according to the Drexel University research.
One type of dispute that sometimes arises in a divorce are disputes regarding pets. There have been some interesting legal developments in the area of divorce-related pet disputes in recent years.