Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Supreme Court Stays Alabama Refusal To Recognize Georgia Adoption

On Monday in V.L. v. E.L., (Docket No. 15-648) the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of an Alabama Supreme Court decision while it considers whether to grant certiorari in the case. (Order List, 12/14/2015.)  At issue is the Alabama Supreme Court's refusal to grant full faith and credit to a 2007 Georgia adoption decision involving a lesbian couple who were living together in Alabama as partners since 1995.  As reported by the Washington Post, one of the women, E.L., had three children conceived in 2002 and 2004 through donor insemination. The couple moved briefly to Georgia so that V.L. could obtain parental rights.  They then moved back to Alabama.  When the couple broke up in 2011, V.L. sought joint custody or visitation rights, but the Alabama Supreme Court refused holding that Georgia had violated its own laws in granting the initial adoption.  It held it need not recognize the adoption because the Georgia court lacked subject matter jurisdiction when it granted it.