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Case Summary & History

Parenting

K.M.M. v. K.E.W.

STATUS: Victory! Missouri

K.M.M. and K.E.W. were in a committed same-sex relationship and had a child through assisted reproduction using an anonymous sperm donor in 2011. They raised their son together as a family for several years.  The parties separated in 2015, and K.E.W. stopped allowing K.M.M. to see their child.  K.M.M. filed the original action to be recognized as the child’s parent in 2015. In September 2016, the trial court ruled that K.M.M. was not the child’s parent and was not entitled to any visitation with the child as a third party.

On October 3, 2017, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District ruled that a non-biological parent who has a significant, bonded parental relationship with her child can seek custody or visitation. It sent the case back to the trial court to determine custody and visitation based on the best interests of the child.

NCLR represented K.M.M., along with Missouri attorney Michelle Spirn.

Click here to read the Missouri Court of Appeals decision.

 

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