Judge Grants Former Polyamorous Trio With 'Tri-Custody' of Their Child

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Suffolk County Supreme Court Judge H. Patrick Leis III has granted a three people that were previously in a polyamorous relationship with "tri-custody" of their 10-year-old son.

According to New York Post, former couple Dawn and Michael Maranos had a monogamous marriage for 7 years until they met their neighbor, Andrea Garcia, in 2001. After Garcia broke up with her boyfriend, she moved in with the Maranos and the three started a relationship.

The trio later decided to have a child. Since Dawn was infertile, they decided that Garcia would carry out the pregnancy and give birth. The boy was born on Jan. 25, 2007.

For the next 18 months, the trio raised the child together until Dawn and Garcia wanted to become a couple without Michael. The two moved out and Michael sued Garcia for sole custody of the child. In response, Dawn sued him for divorce.

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The biological parents were eventually able to settle on joint custody, but Dawn was concerned her role in the child's life would be dependent on her relationship status with either Garcia or Michael. Dawn filed a custody bid and the case went to court.

The judge ended up awarding tri-custody, deciding it was ultimately in the child's best interests.

"No one told these three people to create this unique relationship," he wrote. "Nor did anyone tell [the] defendant to conceive a child with his wife's best friend or to raise that child knowing two women as his mother."

Although both women are happy with the ruling, Michael intends to appeal.


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