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Robert Kohlman, Shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Miami. Robert Kohlman, Shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Miami.

Someone may look like a parent, act like a parent and even by contract be considered a parent, but under Florida law biology always wins. A Florida appellate court has found unenforceable a “co-parenting agreement” that “jointly and equally” gave parental authority to a lesbian couple to raise a 5-year-old boy. Only the parent who was biologically related to the child had parental rights, which includes the right to withhold time-sharing from the other parent.

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