Massachusetts custody battles can be heart-breaking for the parents involved. However, these types of battles happen all over the nation and can result from divorce, separation or even a situation that involves in-vitro fertilization. A woman at the center of a child custody battle claims she was duped by the man who promised to act as her partner while they raised twins together. The 48-year-old woman gave birth to the twins back in July.
Shortly after the births, a social worker visited her and claimed there was a surrogacy issue. Her confusion and subsequent discovery of what happened resulted in a child custody battle. The woman stated she was never in a surrogacy situation and was initially confused. The man involved with her pregnancy had apparently taken custody of the children with his partner. She claimed the man was a friend of hers and promised to help her raise the children.
Although the man paid for her in-vitro treatments, there was never a written agreement between the two. She asserted their agreement was built on trust and that no money was ever exchanged between them. The father alleged that, because his sperm and a donor egg were used, the woman was not actually the mother. The children had no genetic link to her, but a judge disagreed, and initially she was granted visitation with the children. Now, she and the father will share custody.
A case like this can be heartbreaking, but fortunately this one seems to have a mostly happy ending. The mother at the heart of this custody battle will still be allowed to see her children and share custody. When Massachusetts parents are arguing over something as emotional as child custody, it could be in one's best interests to seek out knowledgeable assistance. Doing so can keep children and parents together and resolve serious issues in a manner that is truly in the best interests of the children involved.
Source: kvue.com, "Judge determines 'duped surrogate' is a mother," Andrew Horansky, Nov. 9, 2012