An Australian court has stopped a mother from moving her child away from her ex-partner, ruling her ex has the same rights as a biological parent. The 41 y.o. mom asked her Family Court to grant her sole parental rights for the 4 y.o. girl, conceived via sperm donor, noting that her ex is not listed as a parent on the child’s birth certificate.
But the Court disagreed ruling that the women had equal shared responsibility for the child. In deciding whether to let the mother relocate the child from Queensland to NSW, the court took into account the girl’s relationship as a sister to the second woman’s 8 y.o. daughter.
It was decided the move would not be in the girl’s best interests until she was old enough to understand and maintain a long-distance relationship with her non-biological mother and sister.