Judge ends civil union of women involved in custody case

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A Rutland County Family Court judge has ended the civil union that provoked an interstate child custody case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

In his decision, Judge William Cohen awarded custody of 5-year-old Isabella Miller-Jenkins, to Lisa Miller of Winchester, Virginia, her biological mother.

But he also granted regular visitation between the child and Janet Jenkins of Fair Haven.

The two women traveled from Virginia to Vermont in 2000 and joined in a civil union. Two years later Miller gave birth to a child conceived through artificial insemination.

After their break-up the two have been fighting over visitation rights for Jenkins.

It’s unclear if the ruling will end the custody dispute between the two women.

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