Kansas court expands parental rights of same-sex couples

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By KNSS Radio

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that parenting intentions at the moment of a child’s birth are critical to establishing parental rights.

The rulings Friday come in separate cases in which birth mothers who conceived through artificial insemination were fighting petitions by their former same-sex partners to establish parentage. In both cases, the women had not married and did not have co-parenting agreements.

The court found that a woman seeking to establish parentage only needed to show that she acknowledged maternity at the time of birth and show evidence the birth mother consented at that time to share the care and custody of the child.