As this brief online essay observes, the litigation that produced the Supreme Court' 2013 decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl demonstrates why we are no closer to a definitive resolution of what to do when parents do not share assumptions about how to raise their child. The case illustrates the national lack of agreement on what makes someone a parent. At the core of these differences is the question of how to align parental behavior with the promotion of the child’s interest in stable and secure relationships.
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GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-123; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-123
Naomi Cahn & June Carbone, Who's the Father?, 93 B.U. L. Rev. Annex 55-58 (2013).