Three Adults in Polyamorous Relationship Ruled Legal Parents of Child in Canada

Two men in a relationship with a woman have been declared the legal parents of a child in a polyamorous family in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. “Society is continuously changing and family structures are changing along with it,” wrote Justice Robert Fowler of the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court’s family division in his decision. Though the province argued its Children’s Law Act allows only for two individuals to be named as parents on a child’s birth certificate, the three adults took their case to the courts. Fowler said in his decision: “I have no reason to believe that this relationship detracts from the best interests of the child,” the judge added. “On the contrary, to deny the recognition of fatherhood (parentage) by the applicants would deprive the child of having a legal paternal heritage with all the rights and privileges associated with that designation.” According to the decision, the two men and the woman have been involved for three years, but the biological father of the child is unknown.
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