Legal & Financial

Ohio moms must share custody of 8-year old biological child

An Ohio judge has ruled that lesbian mothers must share custody of their 8-year-old biological daughter. The judge found that evidence supports the claims of Julie Rose Rowell that she and biological mother Julie Ann Smith were life partners with an agreement to raise the girl together. Smith plans to appeal the case to a domestic relations judge and will appeal even further if necessary. The couple split up in 2008 and Rowell filed a petition for shared custody after Smith refused to allow her contact with the child. Knisely found that Rowell was present for Smith’s insemination procedure and all doctor’s visits and attended the child’s birth.