SAME SEX CUSTODY

According to “People” magazine’s June 4, 2012 edition, Jillian Michaels of “Biggest Loser” and her partner, Heidi Rhodes, have two children. Heidi Rhodes gave birth to Phoenix and Jillian adopted Lukensia. If the couple separates, who gets custody of the children? Louisiana does not recognize marriage between two women or two men. Although they were “partners,” neither woman would have any legal rights with regard to the other’s child. However, if either woman could prove that the other’s custody “would result in substantial harm” to the child, the court could ignore the legal relationship and award custody to “any other person able to provide an adequate and stable environment”.