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Postmodern Family Law

Um, er, gosh:

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.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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