Notable Results – ZAVOS LAW

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The information in this section contains information about Michele Zavos, past legal results, testimonials about the attorney, and statements regarding the quality of her representation. The results and testimonials provided are not necessarily representative of results obtained by ZAVOS LAW or the experience of all clients or others with the firm. Every case is different, and the results obtained will be related to the facts and merits of that particular case.

Three-Parent Legal Relationships

Michele Zavos has been successful in obtaining a three-parent permanent custodial order in the District of Columbia, as well as a three-parent Judgment of Parentage and court order that a three-parent birth certificate be issued by the District of Columbia.

Port v. Cowan

Michele represented Jessica Port in a divorce case in which the Maryland Court of Appeals, Maryland’s highest court, found that Maryland must recognize valid out-of-jurisdiction marriages of same-sex couples. This decision pre-dated the passage of marriage equality in Maryland by almost a year. Learn More

Davenport v. Little-Bowser

Michele played a major role in this litigation that resulted in a Virginia Supreme Court decision that the Commonwealth of Virginia was required to place two same-sex legal parents on a child’s birth certificate. Learn More

D.C. Divorce Statute

Michele was instrumental in helping to amend the D.C. Code to allow same-sex couples married in D.C. who are unable to divorce in their home jurisdictions to return to D.C. to obtain a divorce. Learn More

D.C. Parentage Act Amendments

Michele proposed an amendment to D.C.’s adoption laws, enacted into law, that gives the Superior Court of the District of Columbia jurisdiction to grant an adoption based solely on the birth of the child in the District. Learn More