If you're in a same-sex or mixed-sex relationship, Tasmania's relationship laws offer you the opportunity to ensure that your family has the legal protection and recognition it needs
Under the Tasmanian Relationships Act registered mixed-sex couples may be assessed to be adoptive parents for the children relinquished by other people.
These children include those born locally and those available for adoption from overseas.
Partners in registered mixed-sex relationships may also adopt their
partner's child, or other children they already care for, in appropriate circumstances.
Same-sex couples cannot be assessed to be adoptive parents of children
relinquished by other people.
However, people in registered same-sex relationships may adopt their partner's child or children they already care for.
But remember, different and same-sex couples must be registered before they can adopt.
Presumptive or deemed parenthood
If the biological parent of a new-born child is in significant relationship, their partner may be presumed to be the child's other parent.
This is sometimes also called deemed parenting, and applies most often to the partners of women who give birth to children conceived through sperm donation, IVF or other artificial reproductive technology.
In Tasmanian law the significant partner of a woman who has a child through reproductive technology is deemed to be the child's other parent regardless of whether that partner is male or female.
This means that in these circumstances a same-sex partner has the same parenting rights and responsibilities as a mixed-sex partner.
For more information about the rights of parents in same-sex relationships or becoming a parent, check out the following resources.
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