Several weeks ago, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision in In Re Mullen; Hobbs v. Mullen, et. al. involving the parental rights of a same sex couple. The lesson for same sex parents is as follows. GET IT IN WRITING.
In the case, Michele Hobbs and Kelly Mullen, a same sex couple, decided to have a child. A male friend agreed to donate his sperm and Mullen became pregnant through an in vitro fertilization procedure.
The women acted as co-parents. The women shared the financial responsibility of the in vitro fertilization process, Hobbs was present when Mullen gave birth, the women created a ceremonial… Read the rest