The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments Oct. 2 in a possibly first-of-its-kind case pitting two lesbian partners who used in-vitro fertilization to have a child but later ended their relationship.
The case could be unprecedented in Florida because the fertilized egg of one woman was implanted in her then-partner, who gave birth. A legal battle over parental rights began when the woman who gave birth stopped allowing her former partner to have contact with the child – at one point even taking the child to Australia.
The 5th District Court of Appeal last year ruled that the woman who provided the fertilized egg should have parental rights, which led to the dispute going to the Supreme Court. The case has drawn attention from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal, which have submitted briefs urging justices to uphold the appeals-court ruling.