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Second Chance For Ex-Partner’s Parenting Claim

Second Chance For Ex-Partner’s Parenting Claim

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In just the latest in a series of cases dating back more than a quarter century grappling with questions about parental standing within unmarried same-sex couples, a New York State appellate court has revived a lawsuit by Kelly Gunn, who is seeking joint custody of a child adopted by her former […]

Rockland Judge Broadens Co-Parent Rights

Rockland Judge Broadens Co-Parent Rights

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Rockland County Family Court Judge Rachel E. Tanguay, ruling on a previously unresolved question under New York law, decided that when a lesbian couple had children together and raised them together as a family for several years before splitting up, the co-parent was entitled to have her parental status recognized […]

New “Parent” Precedent Helps Co-Dad

New “Parent” Precedent Helps Co-Dad

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In what is likely the first application of the recent New York Court of Appeals decision adopting a new definition of “parent” under the state’s Domestic Relations Law to account for same-sex couples raising children, a state appellate panel ruled that a gay man who was parenting twin children conceived through […]

New York State Tosses Noxious Custody Precedent

New York State Tosses Noxious Custody Precedent

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | New York State’s highest bench, the Court of Appeals, has overruled a quarter-century-old precedent, establishing a new rule for determining when somebody who is neither a biological nor an adoptive parent can seek custody of a child. The August 30 opinion for the court by Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam provides that […]