Life­style desk: ‘Tri-Par­ent­ing’ Is on the Rise

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“A small but grow­ing num­ber of Amer­i­cans” have got­ten courts and leg­is­la­tures to rec­og­nize “tri-par­ent­ing,” where three adults get rights over a child, the As­so­ci­ated Press’ Jennifer Peltz re­ports. Peltz fo­cuses on the case of Vic­to­ria Bianchi, who legally be­came the “par­ent” of 16-yearold Madi­son af­ter a 2013 Cal­i­for­nia law let kids have more than two par­ents. Courts in at least 10 other states, in­clud­ing New York, have “des­ig­nated third par­ents” in re­cent years. But the ver­dict is still out on whether chil­dren ben­e­fit. Peltz quotes one woman, Kitty Stil­lufsen, who was part of a cus­tody bat­tle with two other adults, who raises a good ques­tion: “At what point does it end? How many par­ents can a child pos­si­bly have?”

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