De Facto Parents and the Unfulfilled Promise of the New Principles

14 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2007

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Julie Shapiro

Seattle University School of Law


Alternative families - those that do not fit the classic nuclear family model - have been the focus of legal reform over the last twenty years. The American Law Institute has produced model legislation recognizing de facto parents as holders of some limited rights. To some this is a more flexible regime that would benefit non-nuclear families, in particular lesbian families. This article critiques the ALI draft, demonstrating that its promise is largely illusory.

Keywords: lesbian family law, family law, child custody, parenthood, parentage

JEL Classification: K10, K19

Suggested Citation

Shapiro, Julie, De Facto Parents and the Unfulfilled Promise of the New Principles. Willamette Law Review, Vol. 35, No. 769, 1999. Available at SSRN:

Julie Shapiro (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

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