Gay and lesbian partners can have more difficulty in parenting disputes, especially for the nonbiological parent. Here, I represent a nonbiological mother who fights to have standard access to the daughter born during her relationship with her partner. The safest way for my client, or those in her situation, to have protected herself was to adopt the child right after birth. Nothing in Texas law prevents a child from having two parents of the same sex. An adoption establishes legal parenthood for a person. Short of adoption, a nonbiological parent’s best route is to seek a formal court-ordered relationship with the child as soon as the two partners break up. This protects your rights, under the law, as a person with whom the child has lived. The longer you wait, the more tenuous it will be to establish your rights with the child.