While my primary area of focus is small business law, I also handle many other types of civil cases. This morning I had the honor of finalizing a second parent adoption for a couple I am glad to call my friends. For those of you wondering what a second parent adoption is, it is the step same sex couples have to go through in Tennessee for both individuals to be parents under the Tennessee law. A second parent adoption is much like a step-parent adoption and judges in both Davidson and Wilson county will approve them. The one I finalized this morning was my first one in Wilson county. Since marriage between same sex couples continues to not be recognized in Tennessee, it is important couples seek legal guidance with adoption and estate planning.