Same-sex Couples and Parental Rights

A former partner of a same-sex couple was granted standing to seek visitation of the child the couple contracted to raise together.  While the Indiana Court of Appeals stopped short of granting the former partner parental rights of any type, it recognized the need for the child to maintain a relationship with both "mothers." In its decision, the Court remind the parties and the public that it is only charged with interpreting law -- not legislating from the bench.  The Court went on to plead with the Indiana legislature to draft laws which address the diversity of modern families so that the Courts have a consistent road map to follow in discerning the best interests of the children stuck in the throes of custody battles within unique families.  A.C. v. N.J. 20A04-1301-DR-37