child custody

3:00 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Can a child have more than two legal parents?

The two parent family portrayed in "Leave It To Beaver" circa 1960.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

What does it take to make someone a parent in the eyes of the law? And can a child have more than two designated legal parents?  

As families become more complex, those are questions courts in Washington and elsewhere are wrestling with.

Back in 2005,  the Washington State Supreme Court became something of a national leader when it ruled on a case involving a lesbian couple.

The court determined that, after the couple split up, the non biological mother could have full parental rights as a “de facto parent.”

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