The California Legislature recently amended the California Family Code by granting courts the authority and discretion to find that a child can have more than two parents. This Article addresses the issues raised by this amendment, focusing on the rare instances in which rejecting a third parent's claim for custody would be detrimental to the child. By exploring public perceptions of multiple parentage and assessing recent cases highlighting the discretion courts use to find that a child has more than two parents, this Article concludes that recognizing that a child has more than two parents can protect not only the rights and benefits of children, but also their emotional, psychological, and financial needs.
Jason de Jesus, When it Comes to Parents, Three's No Longer a Crowd: California's Answer to In re M.C., 49 LOY. L.A. L. REV. 779 (2016).