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In what is believed to be a legal first in Canada, a court in Newfoundland and Labrador has recognized three unmarried adults as the legal parents of born within their "polyamorous" family.
Polyamorous relationships are legal in Canada, unlike bigamy and polygamy, which involve people in two or more marriages. In this case, the St. John's family includes two men in a relationship with the mother of born in The April 4 decision says the unconventional family has been together for three years, but the biological father of the child is unknown.
The family members are not identified in the decision, which was released Thursday by the court.
It's not the first time a Canadian court has recognized that a family can have three legally recognized parents. Infor example, the Ontario Court of Appeal recognized both women in a lesbian couple as the mothers of whose biological father was already deemed a legal parent.
But the three adults in that case were not in a relationship. The three people in the Newfoundland case turned to the courts after the province said only two parents could be listed on the child's birth certificate. Lawyers for the province's attorney general argued that the provincial Children's Law Act does not allow for more than two people to be named as the legal parents of .
In his decision, Fowler acknowledged that was the case, but he stressed that the court's opinion hinged on what was in the best interests of the. Fowler said the child was born into a stable, loving family that is providing a safe and nurturing environment. When the province's Children's Law Act was introduced about 30 years ago, he said, it did not contemplate the "now complex family relationships that are common and accepted in our society.
The judge said it was clear the legislation was aimed at bringing about equal status for all children, but the law included an unintentional gap that acts against the best interests of children born into polyamorous relationships. Social Sharing. Stable, loving family The three people in the Newfoundland case turned to the courts after the province said only two parents could be listed on the Newfoundland relationships birth certificate.
For these young romantics, 3 or more is the perfect company When the province's Children's Law Act was introduced about 30 years ago, he said, it did not contemplate the "now complex family relationships that are common and accepted in our society.
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