A study says the children of lesbian couples in Florida and throughout the country are no more likely to have emotional or learning difficulties than the children of opposite-sex couples. The study, which was published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, is the first to match stable same-sex and opposite-sex parents based on factors such as level of education, age of parents and family residence. Past studies that have found poorer outcomes for children of same-sex relationships have failed to compensate for the fact that those studies used families that had upheaval such as foster care and divorce.
Florida parents who share custody may want to finalize their plans for the summer months in spring or earlier. Experts say the preponderance of activities, social gatherings and other events that take place when school is out can make it harder for parents to schedule. Some observers even recommend that parents make use of tools like cellphone apps to track critical parenting plan details, such as visitation.