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Chatterjee v. King
New Mexico Supreme Court
280 P.3d 283 (2012)
Bani Chatterjee (plaintiff) and Taya King (defendant) lived together in a committed same-sex relationship when King adopted a child. Chatterjee supported King and co-parented the child for a number of years, but never adopted the child. When the couple broke up, King moved away with the child and tried to keep Chatterjee from having contact. Chatterjee sued to establish parentage, custody, and timesharing. The trial court held that Chatterjee could not establish natural parentage under the Uniform Parentage Act (UPA) and had no rights to custody or visitation. The appellate court affirmed, finding that Chatterjee could not use UPA provisions for fathers establishing paternity. Chatterjee appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Chávez, J.)
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