If you need further evidence that our legal world is insane, consider this:
Two women, A and B, were in a committed, long-term domestic relationship when they agreed to bring a child into their relationship. B adopted a child, C, from Russia. For a number of years, A supported B and C financially, lived in the family home, and “co-parented” C, but A never adopted C. The relationship between A and B then ended, and B sought to prevent A from having any contact with C. A sued to establish parentage and determine custody rights.
Does A have a “parent and child relationship” with C?
Believe it or not, according to a ruling issued last Friday by the New Mexico supreme court, A is “a natural mother” of C. (More precisely, in the particular procedural context of the case, the court determined that the facts pleaded by A—the facts outlined above—would, if proven, suffice to establish a presumption that she is “a natural mother” of C.)