Normally the court system would not recognise relationships of more than 2 people, and in this case, a man, his wife, and their girlfriend were an exception.
Michael and his ex-wife Dawn met their girlfriend Audria in 2001 when Audria broke up with her boyfriend. She moved in with the couple, and then the 3 of them became a “thing.” In 2007, Michael and girlfriend Audria had a baby boy, but it was all 3 of their idea to have the child, as Dawn couldn’t conceive.
Here’s the interesting part, try to keep up.
A year after the boy was born, Dawn and Audria decided they wanted to go solo, so Dawn divorced Michael. Michael sued for sole custody of the child. Dawn also sued for custody of the son, worried that her relationship with the boy would be difficult and rely on approval of either her girlfriend (in the event of a breakup we assume), or ex-husband. Remember, Dawn isn’t biologically a part of the child’s DNA at all.
The judge in the case asked the boy, now 10 years old, how he tells the women apart. His answer was “mommy with the orange truck,” and “mommy with the gray truck.” That answer is what made the judge decide to award custody to all 3 parents (since the boy sees both women as “mommy”) with limitations. Audria (biological mother) got primary “residential” custody, Michael got weekends, and Dawn (ex-wife, non-biological mother) got Wednesday nights plus a week of the boy’s vacation.
Fascinating situation. Check out more details here.