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New California Law Allows Children To Have More Than Two Parents

Jan 3, 2014
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Children in California can now have more than two legal parents. A new law allows judges to grant additional parental rights if they find that recognizing only two parents would be detrimental to a child. Attorney Andrew Cain is with Legal Advocates for Children and Youth. He says the law will only be applied in limited circumstances. Cain: “It’s really for those cases where there’s another person out there who the child sees as his or her parent who is willing to step up and take on those...

The California law that says a judge can recognize only two legal parents per child would change under a bill working its way through the legislature. The bills author says not every family today looks like Ozzie and Harriets. Democratic Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco says he wrote the bill to recognize non-traditional familieswhere there might be biological non-custodial fathers or surrogate mothers. The bill rises from the case of a child who had two legal mothers. When one was sent to...