The Lesbian De Facto Parent Standard in Holtzman v. Knott: Judicial Policy Innovation and Diffusion

Turner, William B.
May 2007
Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice;2007, Vol. 22, p135
Academic Journal
The article describes the holding and rationale behind Holtzman v. Knott decision, establishing a lesbian as the de facto parent of a child conceived and delivered during the course of the relationship. An analysis of the case and de facto parenthood cases from other states is presented. An overview of political science literature concerning visitation rights in lesbian co-parents is discussed. The author emphasizes the need for legal clarification and laws concerning lesbian couples with children.


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