Postmodern Family Law
A Family Court judge has awarded full custody of a young child to her adopted mother, instead of her biological mom, in what is believed to be the first such New York state case involving a same sex couple.
The judge’s ruling details the acrimonious situation that ensued after October 2006 when [Brooke] Altman, a former producer for Martha Stewart’s TV show, bore a baby girl conceived with sperm donated by [Allison] Scollar’s then-close friend Robert Frame — four years after the women met on a blind date and began living together.
Frame afterward renounced his parental rights in favor of Scollar legally adopting the girl. But Frame’s continued insistence that he “had a say” over the girl’s raising, and Altman’s taking his side, “became a big source of tension,” Scollar said.
“It seemed like the biological parents were united in trying to alienate the adoptive mother,” [Judge Gloria] Sosa-Lintner wrote.
To be sure, Altman comes across as a nut, at least in the judge’s remarks. The child sounds like she’s better off with Scollar. But good grief, this poor kid.