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Professor Norrie's Commentaries on Family Law$
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Kenneth Norrie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781845861193

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861193.001.0001

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October 2006

October 2006

Lesbian Families, Parenthood and Contact

(p.161) Commentary No 30: October 2006
Professor Norrie's Commentaries on Family Law

Kenneth McK Norrie

Edinburgh University Press

Discusses the House of Lords decision in Re G (Children) [2006] UKHL 42, which was an utterly unexceptional contact dispute between a non-resident claimant who wanted to continue and build a relationship with the children, and a resident defendant who wanted to cut the ex-partner out of the lives of the children. What made this case rather different, and even startling in its day, was the fact that both parties were of the same sex. Lady Hale made important statements to the effect that both women were, in different ways, the children's “natural” parents. But the end result of the case was to trust the resident parent to let her ex-partner contact with the children, which she had resisted for some time.

Keywords:   Title to seek contact, Same-sex couple, Lesbian parents, Natural parents, Defiance of court orders

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