Hawaii Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Parental Rights

Tuesday, October 09, 2018 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Supreme Court of Hawaii has ruled that a lesbian nonbiological parent must pay child support to her former partner in order to take care of the child the couple had previously planned to raise together.

The woman in question, known only by her initials L.C., met her former partner, M.G., in 2010 and the two married in 2013.

From the beginning of their relationship, the two women talked about starting a family together. M.G. became pregnant in early 2015 through assisted reproductive technology using an anonymous donor’s sperm, but when she reached the seventh month of pregnancy, the couple broke up.

In 2016, L.C. sought a court ruling that she is not a legal parent to the child and thus not responsible for paying child support because she has no biological ties to the child. Under Hawaii’s presumption of paternity statute, a man married to the biological mother of a child is considered the father of that child — even if he has no biological connection to that child.

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Reposted from Metro Weekly - By John Riley on October 8, 2018 @JohnAndresRiley

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