In In re Parentage of L.B., Division I of the Washington State Court of Appeals created a new common law cause of action that allows a same-sex de facto parent to be declared a legal parent. In the alternative, the court held that a de facto parent has a cause of action under Washington's nonparental visitation statute. This Note argues that the court exceeded its authority in creating a common law cause of action because the Uniform Parentage Act and the statutory scheme preempt the common law. Further, this Note argues that the ability of a de facto parent to obtain a visitation order under the nonparental visitation statute adequately protects the best interests of the child. Therefore, the Washington State Supreme Court should reverse Division l's creation of a common law parentage action and affirm Division l's alternative holding.
Thomas G. Robinson-O'Neill,
Notes and Comments,
Making Mommies: The Washington State Court of Appeals Exceeded Its Authority by Creating a Common Law Parentage Action in In re Parentage of L.B.,
79 Wash. L. Rev.
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