Lesbian mom can seek custody of son shared with birth-mom

Although the law kept her from adopting her son, a woman involved in a 20-year, same-sex relationship has the right to seek custody and visitation rights for a child born to her now-estranged partner, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled. The Court ruled she has the right to argue she became a parent through her parenting of a boy born to her partner, Susan Schwerdtfeger, in 2001 through IVF. The case marks the first time the state court has provided guidance in the polarizing area of custody and visitation rights of same-sex couples parents. Teri Latham of Omaha could not adopt the boy born to her partner or claim legal standing as a parent because the state doesn’t recognize same-sex unions.

[via Omaha.com]