Delaware Court Rules Lesbian Parent Has No Custody Rights

court2004“The state Supreme Court has ruled that a lower court judge erred in granting a lesbian joint custody of her former partner’s adopted daughter. The justices said in a unanimous ruling this week that the woman had no standing to petition for custody in Family Court because she was not the child’s legal parent. The Supreme Court held that, under Delaware law, a person who is considered a ‘de facto’ parent of a child does not have the same rights as a legal parent, and thus is not entitled to custody.” [Washington Blade]