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

The Court of Special Appeals in Maryland
The Court of Special Appeals in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A Maryland appeals court has ruled that a lesbian woman has no right to visitation or custody of a child who the woman’s former partner gave birth to before the couple married.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that the Court of Special Appeals has upheld a ruling by a Washington County Circuit judge that Michelle Conover does not have parental standing over 5-year-old Jaxon Conover. The boy was born six months before Michelle Conover married the boy’s biological mother, Brittany Conover, and 17 months before the two divorced.

Writing for the court, Judge Robert A. Zarnoch says that clearer laws governing the rights of same-sex couples need to be established up by state legislators. He ruled that Michelle Conover was a “third party” and not a second parent.

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