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Threesome participants given groundbreaking ‘tri-custody’ of 10-year-old boy: Judge

It was New York state’s first-ever case of its kind.
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It sounds a bit like a soap opera storyline.

A couple from Bay Shore, Long Island, had live-in ménage à trois with a former neighbor for several years, and they all agree to have a baby together.

After the two women in the relationship, Dawn Marano and Audria Garcia, decided to move out on their own 18 months after the boy was born, the state’s first-ever three-way custody battle ensued, the New York Post reported.

Michael Marano, who had fathered the child with Garcia because his then-wife Dawn was infertile, sued for, and was granted, joint custody.

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But Dawn Marano, who is not the now-10-year-old’s biological or adoptive mom, had no legal right to custody of him. She does, however, live with Garcia, who has residential custody.

Marano filed a suit to obtain custody rights “because she fears that without court-ordered visitation and shared custody, her ability to remain in (the boy’s) life would be solely dependent upon obtaining the consent of either Audria or (Michael),” Suffolk County Supreme Court Judge H. Patrick Leis III said.

Leis, in a groundbreaking ruling that came on Wednesday, granted Marano shared custody, which her ex-husband had opposed, despite the judge concluding that the child knows both women “as his mother.”

Michael Marano, who will see the boy on weekends, told the Post that he plans to appeal.

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