A BC Boy Officially Has 2 Moms & 1 Dad After The Polyamorous Trio Battled In Court

The polyamorous "triad" had all planned to be "full parents."

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Toronto Associate Editor

On Monday, April 26, B.C.'s Supreme Court recognized all three members of a polyamorous "triad" as legitimate parents of their 2-year-old son.

According to court documents, Olivia, Eliza and Bill have been living together while in a long-term relationship with one another since 2017. While Bill and Eliza were in a relationship long before Olivia joined, Olivia became an equal part of their relationship at a time when they were trying to conceive.

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All three of them had apparently agreed that Olivia would be a "full parent" to Clarke during Eliza's pregnancy, but the provisions of B.C.'s Family Law Act (FLA) only recognized Eliza and Bill — the biological parents — as his legal parents. They petitioned the courts to recognize Olivia as a legal parent to Clarke.

"She identifies as Clarke's parent, and Clarke sees her as one of his mothers," states the court documents. The Court concluded that the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency is to amend Clarke's birth registration so that Olivia is also listed as his legal parent.

This is not the first Canadian case made for polyamorous parents. CBC News reported that in 2018, a court in Newfoundland and Labrador recognized three people of a polyamorous relationship as the parents of one baby; that relationship included two men and one woman.

Alex Arsenych
Toronto Associate Editor