For those of you who have been following my messed up custody situation, the appeal court returned a decision last week returning custody to my children’s father and ruling that polyamory should not have been used as a reason to take the children away because there was no evidence that poly was harming them in any way. (In fact, though the appeal court doesn’t mention it, there was evidence that poly was NOT harming them, since the kids therapist testified that it was not affecting them.)
On a personal level, this is good news – the kids are away from my parents and back with their father, and I will be getting proper visitation over the summers instead of the measly week I got this year.
On a legal level, the court’s decision is being entered in Pennsylvania case law, which means the ruling about poly not being a reason to take the kids is official legal precedent in Pennsylvannia. For a great review of the decision and what it means legally, check out Nancy Polikoff’s write up.
- Supreme Court rules in lesbian couple’s child custody case (dispatch.com)
- Ohio Mother Loses Custody Of Child Due To Marriage Inequality Amendment (thinkprogress.org)
- Perceptions of Poly- A Mindchaotica Blog (pearlsandpentagrams.wordpress.com)
(Originally posted Sept 2012)