‘Tri-Parenting’ on the Rise in America

In recent years, legislatures and courts in at least 12 states have created laws allowing three-parent families, or what is called “tri-parenting.” Those states include Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington state.

But there are wide differences on what that means and what rights can be given to all three “parents.”

There is little research on how these arrangements can affect children, but you can be assured that additional complexity and confusion will arise when one of the “parents” seeks a divorce. And with more and more states allowing “tri-parenting,” one has to ask, if courts are going to allow three parents, why not four or more? Where does the insanity end?

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