Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on December 20, 2010
North Carolina – The State Supreme Court has just ruled 5-2 that 2nd parent adoptions are no longer legal. A State Legislator’s partner is now having the rights over her son stripped away from her.
State Senator Julia Boseman’s partner Melissa Jarrell legally adopted her partner’s biological son. But now the State Supreme Court has stepped in and ruled that she no longer has rights over her son unless his biological mother, her former partner, terminates all legal relationships with him. This ruling has shut the door on all other 2nd parent adoptions, and it’s unclear what will happen to all the existing 2nd parent adoptions that have already occurred in the state.
The state Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that the adoption of Melissa Jarrell’s son by state Sen. Julia Boseman was invalid because a Durham County District Court judge waived a requirement five years ago that Jarrell had to give up her parental rights in the process.
Under the adoption plan approved by the lower court, Boseman became an adoptive parent while Jarrell retained full parental rights as well.