Biology Not Required to Establish Parentage

Today, in the landmark decision of Partanen v. Gallagher, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that a woman may establish herself as a child’s presumptive parent even in the absence of a biological relationship with the child. I previously wrote about the history of the parties, their positions and oral arguments before the Court. To establish…

SJC Divided Over Legal Parentage Claims

Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) heard oral arguments on the Partanen v. Gallagher matter, which I previously wrote about. On one side of the case, a de facto mother argued that her legal parentage should be established because the parties planned a family through assisted reproduction, consented to the procedure and held the…