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Case: Hedberg v. Detthow

STATUS: Victory, Maryland

In June 2005, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled that gay father Ulf Hedberg, must be given an opportunity to challenge a custody restriction prohibiting him from living with his same-sex partner. The Court of Special Appeals remanded the case back to the trial court for an evidentiary hearing. NCLR, Lambda Legal, and Maryland attorney Susan Silber of Silber & Perlman represented Hedberg, who challenged a custody order, issued several years ago in Virginia that prohibited him from living with his life partner, Blaise Delahoussaye.

On March 27, 2006, a Maryland trial court lifted the custody restriction, finding that the restriction was harmful to Hedberg’s 13 year-old son. Susan Silber of Silber & Perlman, as well as Scott B. Wilkens and Duane Pozza of Jenner & Block LLP, represented Hedberg before the trial court on remand.

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