Legislation in this year's General Assembly, sponsored by Sen. Richard Madaleno in the Senate and Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith in the House, aims to change that. The proposal would give non-biological parents and parents who never formally adopted the children they raised the right to petition for "de facto" parental status when the adults' relationship ends. The proposed law would allow such individuals to seek visitation and custody privileges as if they were the child's legal parent. It stemmed from a case involving same-sex adoptive parents, and it is being pushed by the LGBT community, but it is just as important for same-sex couples.