An October 3, 2017, decision by Missouri Court of Appeals produced mixed results on appeal from a judgment in a case involving lesbian co-parent parental rights. The opinion by Judge Sherri B. Sullivan in K.M.M. v. K.E.W., 2017 WL 4365570, 2017 Mo. App. LEXIS 975 (Mo. App., E.D.), articulated the intricacies of rebutting parental presumption and was a major victory for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Plaintiff K.M.M. (Kathleen) and Respondent K.E.W. (Kate) began a romantic relationship in 2007. In 2009, Kate and Kathleen jointly purchased a home, where they lived with Kathleen’s two children until their separation in 2015. For the duration of the couple’s relationship the parties maintained a joint bank account, which they used to pay shared expenses.