Judge gives ex-partner custody of girl

Dec. 29, 2009 at 10:30 PM

RUTLAND, Vt., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A judge in Vermont has given a woman custody of her former lesbian partner's 7-year-old daughter.

Judge William Cohen ruled this year the only way to ensure Janet Jenkins of Fair Haven, Vt., can see the girl she considers her daughter is to have Isabella Miller live with her. Cohen refused this week to delay his order, which requires custody to be transferred Jan. 1, the Rutland (Vt.) Herald reported.

Lisa Miller, Isabella's mother, and Jenkins dissolved their civil union in 2003. Miller moved to Virginia and became a practicing Christian, saying she believes homosexuality is sinful.

Rena Lindevaldsen, representing Miller, argued for a delay in the order. She said Isabella has not lived with Jenkins for years and that Jenkins has shown contempt for her former partner's beliefs.

Isabella, who has been attending a Christian school in Virginia, would be uncomfortable with Jenkins' lifestyle, Lindevaldsen said.

Miller has not been in touch with her lawyers, they said, and does not appear to be at her home in Virginia.

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