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Appeals court rules former same-sex partner gets visitation rights, without paying child support

MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - A state appeals court ruled Thursday that a central Wisconsin woman who separated from her same-sex partner does not have to pay child support -- and the woman still gets visitation rights with the partner's biological child.

The case originated in Wood County. 

Belva Bowden of Babcock was in a committed relationship with Amy Korslin of Vesper. 

In 1998, Korslin gave birth to a daughter which the same-sex couple raised together.  That was until the two women separated in 2006. 

At the time, both agreed to split expenses and custody rights equally. 

In 2008, Bowden filed suit after Korslin said Bowden could only have visitation rights every other weekend. 

A circuit court granted limited visitation rights for Bowden, and told her to pay child support.  She appealed. 

The Fourth District Appellate Court said the original judge did not have the authority to order child support. 

The appellate judges also restored a set visitation schedule for the two parents.

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