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In the episodes of Another World currently airing on the AOL/PGP Classic Soaps Channel, Mitch Blake is suing Rachel and Mac Cory for custody of his biological son, Matthew.
What makes this more than just your average soap opera custody battle is that Matthew was conceived because Rachel slept with Mitch to prevent Mitch's girlfriend, Janice, from killing Mac. As Rachel told Mac on a recent episode, the boy only exists because of Rachel's love for Mac. (Has Sami Brady over on DOOL tried this line with Lucas? Because her rape by EJ and conception of little John Roman was pretty similar).
Under the circumstances, does Mitch deserve custody of Matthew? (And we're not even counting the hell he put Rachel through when she was wrongly convicted of his "murder.")
Other soap parents with dubious custody claims have included OLTL's Todd Manning. Sure Margaret raped him to become pregnant with Tommy (bet ATWT's Jack can relate). But Todd did try to kill both her and the baby by choking Margaret while she was carrying his child. Perhaps that makes him a less fit parent than Tommy's adoptive folks Marci and Michael McBain who... didn't.
The one custody dispute that I never got was Denise versus Holden and Lily on As The World Turns. Holden and Lily's real daughter, Faith, was switched at birth with little Hope. The Snyders raised her for almost a year before learning the truth. Though they got Faith back, both felt equally attached to Hope and wanted to keep her. However, Hope's biological mother, Denise, demanded the baby back. Which would have been fine, dandy and justified, if Hope had been kidnapped from Denise in the same manner as Faith had been from Lily and Holden. But Denise sold Hope. Voluntarily. To a nut-case like David Stenbeck. Why exactly did she deserve to get her child back?
I had similar (though less extreme issues) with ATWT's Molly. She claimed she should be allowed to keep her late husband, Jake's, daughters, Bridget and Michelle, because she'd been a mother to them for several months before Jake died, and love was more important than blood. At the same time, Molly was making a claim to keep her biological daughter, Abigail, despite the teen having lived with her adoptive parents for a good fifteen years. Because biology was more important than love? The inconsistency seemed a bit jarring.
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