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Md. top court recognizes ‘de facto’ parents in landmark decision

Maryland’s top court holds that an adult so intimately connected to a child’s upbringing can be regarded as a “de facto parent” and entitled to visitation and a share of custody so long as the best interests of the child are served.

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Md. high court reconsiders ‘de facto’ parentage in same-sex divorce case

Maryland’s top court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the former same-sex partner of a child’s mother has the parental right of custody and visitation because the decision to conceive the child was mutual and the couple married – but later divorced – after the child’s birth.

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