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California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a measure that allows a child, in an appropriate case, to have more than two legal parents. This is a truly novel development, as states have otherwise uniformly taken the view that three parents is a crowd that cannot be tolerated. Ever. ...

In this column, I’ll discuss the ruling that brought this question into focus—a disturbing case of a child who had not a single stable parent, despite having three adults potentially holding parental rights with regard to the child— and the potential implications of the legislature’s change to the parentage code.



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