Courtroom battle over custody of twin girls

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A JUDGE at Portsmouth County Court has been analysing an unusual custody case.

It involves two women who were in a relationship and are now embroiled in a legal fight over the future of their twin five-year-old girls.

Judges have heard that the girls were born after the first woman donated eggs – fertilised by an artificial donor – so the second woman could become pregnant.

Since the split the girls have lived with the second woman – their gestational parent – but the biological parent wants to share their care.

The dispute has been analysed by a county court judge in Portsmouth and the Court of Appeal.

Now appeal judges say there should be a fresh hearing in a county court so a judge can decide whether to make a shared residence order.

None of the people involved has been identified.