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The Sanders Firm, P.C.: SDP and Familial Association

In the diverse city of New York, The Sanders Firm, P.C. has considered handling a case that focuses on familial association and substantive due process (SDP) rights. In the U.S. and according to the United States Constitution, we have a right to determine how we define family. For example, some consider a family to be one in which there is a father, mother, and children, while others define family as a father, mother, children, and grandparents. When we delineate family association in our own way, we are upholding our right to privacy and our basic liberty.

Excluding Your Family

The Sanders Firm, P.C. has seen familial association and SDP as a real issue when it comes to housing. If someone will only rent an apartment to “close” family and they recognize family only in terms of the traditional nuclear model, then they create a situation that is rife with discrimination. If a family that defines various relations such as aunts and uncles as “family” applies to rent an apartment from the landlord that accepts only the traditional nuclear model and that family is denied an apartment because they don’t meet the landlord’s definition of family, then SDP has been violated.

In essence under the law, and specifically in accordance with the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, a person has the right to define familial association, which is also sometimes called “intimate association” on their own terms. That’s because every one of us has the right to associate ourselves with our close family and to determine what people are included in such an association.

Recognizing Violations

If you are in a situation where your right to determine familial association is being violated you will need to decide on the correct course of action. Speaking with a civil rights lawyer at The Sanders Firm, P.C. and discussing your case is a good first step towards understanding your rights; you can file complaints regarding SDP in various state and federal courts and require lawyers that are knowledgeable, experienced, and committed to civil rights law. Discrimination based on familial association is a direct attack on our liberty and our ability to live as free people in a democracy. No one has the right to define who your close relatives are and in what manner you may associate with them.

We Are Ready to Help Your Family

If someone violates your civil rights due to your familial association, The Sanders Firm, P.C. knows that you need to take action quickly. Call the premiere New York civil rights practice, The Sanders Firm, P.C., to discuss your situation. We will listen to your case, consider each aspect of it, and guide you through the process in your fight to rectify the injustice you have suffered. You can contact your voice for justice today, The Sanders Firm, P.C.