The dissenting opinion of Justice Maynard suggests that because Z.B.S. shares some percentage of genetic material with Paul S., then Paul S. is legally entitled to his care, custody, and any income which might result from Z.B.S.'s lawsuit arising from the death of his mother or his social security benefits. This dissent casts the majority's decision to support the family court judge as anti-family. Nothing could be further from the truth.
is a collection of people composed of parents and children. (See
footnote 1) But not all families are composed of parents and children
who are related by blood. Many families have stepparents, stepchildren, foster
children, adopted children, or are composed of guardians and wards. We would
never go so far as to say these latter compilations founded
on love are not families, and, more importantly, we should never say that mere blood relations should trump a relationship based upon love and trust.
In this case, Tina B. was a mother to Z.B.S. Tina B. shared in the decision to bring Z.B.S. into this world, helped plan the birthing of Z.B.S., helped create a nursery in which to care for Z.B.S. upon his arrival, and also mothered Z.B.S. from birth until the death of his biological mother, Christina S.
Time and again cases come before courts where an adult has voluntarily taken on the responsibility for raising a child to whom they are not related in any fashion. After a period, the child and adult usually form a parent-child psychological bond. A court cannot and would not allow a stranger to the child to intervene and take that child away from a biological parent who had raised the child, and by the same reasoning, should not allow a stranger to the child _ even if genetically related _ to take the child away from a psychological parent.
I therefore concur with the majority opinion.