Florida Supreme Court Rules in Lesbian Custody Battle Case
FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla.- Florida’s Supreme Court ruled recently that a woman who donated eggs to her lesbian partner has parental rights to the child and ordered the lower courts to resolve custody, child support and visitation issues (DMT v. TMH).
Professor Michael Dale of Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad Law Center, participated in the crafting of the amicus brief filed last year in support of TMH, resulting in a favorable ruling for her. In their ruling, the Florida Supreme Court cited the brief to recognize "peer-reviewed social science research" which "demonstrates the developmental and psychological importance for children in maintaining a relationship with both of their parents when those parents become separated."
Dale is available to speak about and provide insight on the precedential value of this case. He may be contact directly at:
Michael J. Dale
Professor of Law
Nova Southeastern University Law Center
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