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Custody battle in Quebec.

A single woman's decision to conceive a child with the help of an ex-boyfriend led to a court battle over who possesses parental rights over the child after the mother died from cancer. The woman paid her ex-boyfriend $1400 for what she considered to be a sperm donation. The mother died of cancer three years after giving birth and left her daughter in the legal care of the grandparents. The ex-boyfriend made a parental claim for the girl, arguing that he was her legal father (he had also visited with her occasionally).

The case appeared before a Quebec court and the ex-boyfriend won a paternity ruling from the Quebec Court of Appeal in 2011. That ruling was upheld in April 2012 when the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear an appeal of the case. Michael Lubetsky, the lawyer who represented the girl's grandparents, told the National Post that the ex-boyfriend's assertion of parental rights was, "disruptive ... (and) and attack on the family structure? Andrea Mrozek, manager of research and communications at the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, told LifeSite News she believes the real attack on the family structure, "happened years ago with the breakdown of the once widespread cultural understanding that sexual activity happened within marriage and naturally led to children." (Baklinski, Peter,, April 25, 2012)

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Title Annotation:CANADA
Publication:Catholic Insight
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CQUE
Date:Jun 1, 2012
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