In a novel and lengthy opinion, a New Jersey family court judge has awarded joint custody of a child to three people—the biological father, his same-sex spouse, and the mother.

In the decision, D.G. and S.H. v. K.S., approved for publication Feb. 5 after being issued nearly six months earlier, Ocean County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Wauters was tasked with delving into the case of three people who “believed that they were creating a new family paradigm, a tri-parenting relationship with the child.”

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