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Md. court: Supervised visitation did not violate sex abuser’s parental rights

The Courts of Appeal building in Annapolis. (The Daily Record File)

A sentencing judge did not violate a convicted child sexual abuser’s fundamental right to parent by requiring -- as a condition of probation -- that his visits with his pre-school son be supervised, even though the abuse was not of his boy but of a 10-year-old girl not related to him, Maryland’s top court has unanimously ruled.

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Court of Appeals asked to review denial of visitation following same-sex divorce

Michael Conover and his son, Jaxon. In a petition to the Court of Appeals, Conover argues he is entitled to custody and paternal rights of the child, who was born to Conover’s same-sex girlfriend in 2010. ‘This court should recognize de facto parenthood as an independent legal status,’ the petition states. (Courtesy of Michael Conover)

The former same-sex partner of a child’s mother has asked Maryland’s top court to review lower-court decisions denying that person the parental rights of custody and visitation, though the decision to conceive the child was mutual and the couple married — but later divorced — after the child’s birth.

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In Re: Rachel Schweitzer, etc.

1. Did the circuit court abuse its discretion in concluding that the best interest of the child would not be served by granting the petition to change her surname? 2. Did the circuit court err in not seeking the child’s testimony when the mother’s offer to make the child available to the court was made after the hearing had concluded?

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