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The 3 (Or More) Parent Family – What Do You Think?

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The bill doesn’t change the strict requirements for legal parenthood, it merely removes the two-parent-per-child cap. As the Sacramento Bee explains, “Under current law, a parent can be a man who signs a voluntary declaration of paternity, for example. It also can be a man who was married and living with a child’s mother, or who took a baby into his home and represented the infant as his own.”

It’s important to note that the measure only applies in cases where broadening the scope of parenthood is “required to protect the best interest of the child,” according to Leno.

The proposal was inspired by a case where a girl’s two mothers became incapable of caring for her and the biological father stepped up to take custody — but because of the two-parent limit, the court put the girl in state custody.

Leno’s bill, which has passed the Senate and is now in the Assembly, would apply equally to men or women, and to straight or gay couples.

Examples of three-parent relationships that could be affected by SB 1476 include:

• A family in which a man began dating a woman while she was pregnant, then raised that child with her for seven years. The youth also had a parental relationship with the biological father.
• A divorce in which a woman and her second husband were the legal parents of a child, but the biological father maintained close ties as well.

Designating multiple parents in such cases could enhance the child’s prospects for financial support, health insurance or Social Security benefits, thus reducing the state’s potential financial responsibility.

Most importantly, as I have seen with my nephew’s family, it can enhance the child’s chances of having a loving, stable relationship with several adults. What lucky children, to have three involved parents! Isn’t our children’s happiness what all we parents want?

The definition of “family” has expanded from the nuclear family of Ozzie and Harriet to include same-sex parents and kids, grandparents raising kids, three or four adults raising children, and stepparents raising two sets of children, to name just a few.

For right-wingers to object to Leno’s measure because it might destroy families is absurd: these “non-nuclear” families already exist. This is the 21st century. Can we please move forward?

What do you think about the 3-parent family?

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9:41AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

No one here is mentioning something I think is really important- the more parents that are around to love and help raise a child, the more people there are to give attention when it's needed, to give advice and lend an ear- things that are so very important growing up but can be hard to get from just one (or two) people, because face it, you feel comfortable with one person with some things and not others.
This whole bill to me is just a big bit of common sense that people have taken forever to go "Hey, I wonder..." Yes, people other than the "real" parents can have a very big influence on how children are raised. Why do you think we say things like "She's like my second mother"?

5:49AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

never too many parents as long as they act in the child's best interest

2:15PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

whoa

2:15PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

whoa

6:48PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

interesting

2:30PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

I guess so long as all three parents are on the same page with parenting, it's a good thing.

1:31PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

We should always do what's best for the child!!

11:31AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Finally "Family 2.0" standards are coming!

As a father of three I would say that when it comes to raising at least one child two pairs of hands are never enough ;-) Though you can hire extra hands (babysitter) or send your kids to grandparents you can't hire extra hearts and brains to give children love, peace of mind and modern values.

Speaking in simple terms two parents so overworked and stressed by providing basic needs of even one child that they loose relationship, peace of mind and give up on quality time.

Not to mention that jealousy and possessive feelings experienced by two parents towards each other in a classical 1.0 family wouldn't teach children any good values.

9:47PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

As long as the kid is loved who cares

5:03PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

I've always been of the opinion that the more people there are to love a child, the better! As is the old saying: It takes a village to raise a child.
If that old saying were good enough for my grandmother and her mother, then it's good enough for me! It hasn't changed, for heaven's sake, it's NEEDED MORE THAN EVER! No matter what cute little saying you use, it works.
THE MORE THE MERRIER!

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