1. In the child’s best interests to have a second parent
Some women that co-parent with gay men believe that there are benefits from having a two-parent family. They believe that two parents can provide balance for their child. Some also believe that it is in the best interests of the child to have both a mother and a father. This explains why many straight women elect to co-parent with another man, even though co-parenting with another woman is entirely possible.
2. Establishing a traditional family unit with a gay man
The second reason why some women choose to co-parent with a gay man is because it allows them to establish a family unit that is similar to what they grew up with. That is, a family unit that involves both a mother and a father.
3. Financial reasons
The third reason why some women choose to co-parent is related to finances. Co-parenting helps share some of the financial burden associated with raising a child. Co-parenting means that the women involved are able to retain some of their financial independence.
4. Sharing parenting with gay men
The fourth reason relates to parental burden and sharing the experience. Some co-parent with a gay man as it helps share the burden of raising a child. The parental responsibility can be split between the two parents. Co-parenting is also a way of sharing the journey of parenthood with another adult, including all of the joy that starting a family can bring.
Segal-Engelchin D. Erera PI. Cwikel J. Having It All? Unmarried Women Choosing Hetero-Gay Families. Affilia 2012;27(4):391-405.