Legal Fight In Lesbian Custody Dispute Ratchets Up

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A Vermont woman asked a judge today to help her find her seven-year-old daughter – and to hold her former partner in contempt for not turning over the child.

Janet Jenkins has been in a long-running child custody battle with Lisa Miller. The couple entered into a civil union in Vermont in 2000 and Miller gave birth to Isabella.

But Miller later renounced homosexuality and returned to Virginia with the girl and has limited Jenkins’ contact, despite court orders.

Jenkins’ lawyer filed an emergency motion for contempt today because Miller had been ordered to surrender their daughter on Friday.

The motion seeks court sanctions and the assistance of law enforcement in locating Miller, whose last known address was Forest, Virginia.  Miller’s whereabouts are now unknown.

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