“The Kids Are Alright”: Family Life and Family Law on the Big Screen


Publish Date:
September 14, 2010
Publication Title:
FindLaw, September 14, 2010.
Op-Ed or Opinion Piece
  • Joanna L. Grossman & Lawrence M. Friedman, "The Kids Are Alright": Family Life and Family Law on the Big Screen, FindLaw, September 14, 2010.


FindLaw columnist and Hofstra law professor Joanna Grossman and FindLaw guest columnist, Stanford law professor, and noted historian Lawrence Friedman comment on the legal issues implicated by the recent film “The Kids Are Alright.” In the film, a same-sex couple find their relationship threatened when their children find out the identity of the sperm donor who is their biological father. Grossman and Friedman address the interesting question of whether — under the law in California, where the family in the movie lives — the events in the film are realistic. Could a same-sex couple create a family with a sperm donor, despite same-sex marriage's not being legal in California? Could the couple's children find out their sperm-donor father's identity? Grossman and Friedman comment on these and other questions that are raised in comparing the film to reality.