Hewing to the bedrock family law principle that the financial support of a child must be premised on the youngster’s best interests, a New York state appellate court has upheld a woman’s obligation to pay support for a child borne by her former lesbian partner.

Although the respondent, identified only as E.T., has neither biological nor adoptive ties to the child, the Appellate Division, 2nd Department, noted in H.M. v. E.T., 06313, that the mother H.M., in conceiving the child through artificial insemination, had relied on E.T.’s assurances that she would help support the child.

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