And Baby Makes Three – Or Does it??
In a case of first impression, a family court judge in Florida has approved more than two parents’ names being placed on a child’s birth certificate. At Lyons & Associates, P.C., we specialize in all aspects of matrimonial and family law, including birth certificates.
The case involves a lesbian couple who was married in Connecticut and lived in Florida. When it was time for the couple to start a family, they sought sperm from a male friend (who happened to be the hairdresser of one of the women).
The women expected that they would raise the child themselves. But just before the child was born, the hairdresser decided he wanted to be more than just a sperm donor. A two year legal dispute ensued.
The parties eventually came to a settlement, which has been approved by the Florida judge. The settlement calls for all three names to be on the child’s birth certificate, for the two women to have exclusive parenting authority, but for the father to have some visitation time with the child. The father also is relieved of any child support obligations.
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The Florida case is sure to get the attention of other family court judges as well as from non-traditional families across the country.
If you have any questions about birth certificates, or any other family law issues, contact one of the skilled matrimonial attorneys at Lyons & Associates, P.C. at 908-575-9777, or fill out our online intake form.