Tears flowed from a defendant and plaintiff  in a Virginia Beach courtroom today after a judge declared both women are parents to their child .

Karen and Lauren Poole were both legally married in Maryland in 2013. 

Once they got married, the couple decided to use a sperm donor to impregnate Karen. 

The couple eventually got divorced, prompting a custody battle. 

Today, the judge ruled Lauren Poole is in fact a “parent” to her son, even though she is not biologically related to him. 

This means, she can proceed to attempt to get shares custody of her child. That hearing will be at a later date. 

When the judge announced his decision, Karen broke down in tears. Lauren had tears of happiness. 

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