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Ark. Grants Child Visitation for Ex-Partner

Ark. Grants Child Visitation for Ex-Partner


The Arkansas supreme court ruled Thursday in favor of a woman seeking the right to have visits with a child she parented with her former partner.

Though the state does not grant marriage rights to same-sex couples, the court justices ruled in a 5-2 vote that Emily Jones was entitled to visitation with the child, though she is not the biological parent. Jones's former partner, Alicia Bethany, gave birth to the child in 2005. The couple lived together from 2002 to 2008, Arkansas News reports.

Bethany had argued that Jones was not entitled to visitation rights in part because of the state's anti-gay marriage amendment passed in 2004. But the court's majority found "ample evidence" that Jones was a primary caretaker and had been a stay-at-home mom for the child for three years.

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