Monday, May 19, 2008

No De Facto Parenthood In Maryland

The Maryland Court of Appeals held today that Maryland law does not recognize the concept of de facto parenthood. One member of a committed, long-term same-sex relationship had adopted a child from India. After six years of raising the child together, the couple split and the non-adopting partner sought visitation. The court majority ruled that the non-custodial partner did not have parental status and remanded for a determination of whether "exceptional circumstances" warranted the grant of visitation rights. A dissent would find that parental rights were established under these circumstances. (Mike Frisch)

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