A south Florida judge approved an unusual settlement regarding the issue of who are the legal parents of a little girl. I bring this settlement to you because it shows the changing environment in our times.
What’s so unusual about the settlement? The settlement allowed the birth certificate to list 3 parents: two women and one man (the sperm donor).
This settlement came after a lengthly court battle. Maria Italiano, 43, and Cher Filippazzo, 38, were legally married in Connecticut. They and a hairdresser for one of the women, Massimiliano “Massimo” Gerina, had an oral agreement about their arrangement, but a legal dispute erupted as he pondered the responsibilities of fatherhood, reported the Miami Heralds Gay South Florida blog.
“We’re creating entirely new concepts of families. If you have two women seeking to be listed as Parent One and Parent Two, that does not exclude listing a man as father,” said attorney Karyn J. Begin, who represented Gerina.
Although state law does not recognize the paternity of a sperm donor, Gerina argued that his role was broader. The two women will have custody of their daughter and he will have visitation.