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Oklahoma high court reinstates same-sex couple’s parenting lawsuit

Sunday, November 22, 2015
The Oklahoma Supreme Court said it is in the child's best interest to grant the non-biological parent a hearing to explore custody and visitation rights. ...

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Transgender man fights denial of child visitation rights

Saturday, October 24, 2015
Michael Conover with his son, Jaxson.
A transgender man has been denied visitation and custody rights to a child conceived before he and his partner were married and later divorced. ...

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Court: No visitation rights for woman after same-sex divorce

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Seal of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland
Judge Robert A. Zarnoch says that clearer laws governing the rights of same-sex couples need to be established up by state legislators. ...

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Appeals panel cites statute in same-sex custody case

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Cathy Sakimura, family law director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, applauded the court's ruling as a "victory for Missouri's children."
A Kansas City woman has been granted joint custody of two children she had with her lesbian partner. ...

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Alabama court reverses itself, allows visitation case after same-sex couple split

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Cathy Sakimura, family law director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, applauded the court's ruling as a "victory for Missouri's children."
An Alabama appeals court reversed itself on Friday, ruling that a woman who separated from her same-sex partner in Georgia can pursue visitation rights in Alabama. ...

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Lesbian couple in New Jersey again locked in legal battle with sperm donor

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Sheena and Tiara Yates
When Sheena and Tiara Yates decided they wanted to have a second child, the lesbian couple sought out a sperm donor and drew up a contract in which the man agreed to give up his paternity rights - a measure ...

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Alabama appeals court voids same-sex partner’s child visitation order

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Lancaster County District Judge John Colborn declared the rules unconstitutional.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama appeals court says a judge can't order child visitation following the split-up of a same-sex couple. The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals ruled Friday that a Jefferson County judge was wrong to order child visitation ...

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N.J. court recognizes non-biological parents’ rights in same-sex custody case

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
An appellate court in New Jersey has ruled that a parent with no biological or legal ties to a child may still be entitled to custodial rights as a "psychological Parent." The decision comes in the case of a lesbian ...

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N.H. Supreme Court sides with birth mother’s ex-partner in custody case

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
New Hampshire Supreme  Court in Concord, N.H.
CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the ex-partner of a 12-year-old's girl's birth mother has made her case to be considered a parent under the law. The unanimous ruling makes New Hampshire the fourth state ...

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Texas appeals court blocks ruling in same-sex couple’s divorce case

Saturday, April 26, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A Texas state appeals court has halted divorce and child custody proceedings for two San Antonio women who were legally married out of state. ...

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