Pennsylvania has long clung to the presumption of paternity by estoppel, which means simply: if you hold yourself out as the parent, you are the parent, even if you are not the biological parent. Under this fiction, DNA evidence is not admissible. Some states are moving away from this somewhat archaic presumption. In the holding of… Continue reading Paternity by Estoppel – Has it Survived?
As CNN and others have reported, the marriage between Joh and Kate Gosselin has terminated in divorce, but does that mean the saga is over? Apparently, they have an agreement on custody. They will have shared physical custody. Kate will have primary at the marital residence and Jon will see the children on some sort of schedule. In Pennsylvania,… Continue reading The Jon and Kate Gosselin Saga: Not Quite Over.
A couple days ago, the local CBS affiliate in Las Vegas reported that the District Attorney’s office out there generated $100,000 from parents delinquent on outstanding child support obligations. How was it done? Evidently, the DA had offered amnesty in the form of relief from impending bench warrants against essentially “dead beat” parents. On the surface, this sounds… Continue reading Amnesty For Dead Beat Parents… A Good Thing?