Updated May 24, 2012 - 5:24 pm
First married pregnant man gets sole custody of children
Thomas Beatie, the world's first married pregnant man, is getting global attention once again.
A Phoenix court granted Beatie sole custody of his three children on Thursday, a big step for Arizona, according to David Michael Cantor of the Cantor Law Group.
"It opens the door for jurisdiction on transgender divorce where a transgender male is married to a heterosexual female, so it opens the door for same-sex marriage," he said.
Beatie, born a woman, was legally recognized as a man in 2002. As a married transgender man, he gave birth to his three children from 2008 to 2010 and now resides in Arizona.
"If we give full faith and credit to marriage certificates in other states, as we did in this case -- they were married in Hawaii -- and moved to Arizona, and then we gave that full faith and credit for purposes of divorce of and custody we determination. It's the next logical step" Cantor said
The custody battle centered on Beatie's wife substance abuse and domestic violence problems.
Cantor said Beatie is ecstatic to be treated like any other married person.
"The best interest of his kids was always Thomas's main concern," he said.
Beatie's wife was ordered to get treatment for substance abuse and domestic violence.
The Phoenix Family Law firm Cantor Law can be reached at (602) 254-8880 and is located at 1 E. Washington St., Suite 1800 in Phoenix.