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Saturday, March 31, 2012

English Court's Ruling in Child Custody Case

From the Guardian:

The gay father of a two-year-old boy living with his lesbian mother and her partner has won the right to be involved in his life in a landmark ruling that could have significant implications for "alternative families".

Judges at the court of appeal ruled that the couple's desire to set up "a two-parent lesbian nuclear family" might be "essentially selfish and may later insufficiently weigh the welfare and developing rights of the child".

The decision to have a child can never be a matter of "dry legal contract" and the father's right to play a role in his son's life must be recognised, ruled the judges.

Observing that "human emotions are powerful and inconstant", Lord Justice Thorpe said the father was "seeking to offer a relationship of considerable value" to his son.

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The father's rights to be a parent to the child DO have to be protected.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorneys | Mar 31, 2012 10:23:13 AM

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