In 2006, Ms. Sondra Shineovich came to our offices needing legal assistance. After a long, hard battle, and with the appellate work of Mr. Mark Johnson Roberts (now ‘of counsel’ with Gevurtz Menashe), the Oregon Court of Appeals declared unconstitutional the Oregon laws granting presumptive parental rights to heterosexual husbands of women who bear children of artificial insemination, and expanded those laws to provide the same presumptive rights and responsibilities to the non-AI-birth partner in same-sex female relationships. Her case was remanded back to the Multnomah County Circuit Court, and, with the representation of Owens / Pinzelik, P.C., in December, 2010, Sondra was declared the legal parent to the son and daughter taken away from her by her former partner.
We were and continue to be ecstatic at the result obtained for her.
Click the thumbnail above or this hyperlink to watch Sondra tell her story.