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?
The New York Times has recently reported on an unusual child support case. There, a mother in an intact family cheated on her husband and became pregnant. The husband acted as a father to the child even after the husband suspected the child was not his. Husband and wife separated. The husband agreed to pay child support while… Continue reading Western PA Case Profiled in the New York Times