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Troxel Revisited: A New Approach to Third Party Childcare
In 2000 in Troxel v. Granville, four United States Supreme Court justices determined that the “liberty interests of parents in the care, custody, and control of their children” generally foreclose states from compelling ...
Federalizing Birth Certificate Procedures
A natural father is usually afforded under American law the unique "opportunity... to develop a relationship with his offspring" born to an unwed mother as a result of consensual sexual intercourse. This paternity opportunity ...
For Those Not John Edwards: More and Better Paternity Acknowledgments at Birth
When former U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate John Edwards (finally) declared his paternity of Quinn, born of sex to Rielle Hunter, many assumed he could then begin to raise as well as financially support the child ...
Constitutional Constraints on Second Parent Laws
American state parentage laws have traditionally required biological or adoptive ties and no more than two parents for any one child at any one time. Biological ties were demonstrated by giving birth or sperm. Adoptive ...
Parentage Prenups and Midnups
In July 2012, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws recommended for enactment in all American states the Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act. Unlike its predecessor, the Act treats ...
Third Party Stepparent Childcare
Stepparents with no formal adoptive ties who have developed with their stepchildren “familial bonds” or parental-like relationships should have greater statutory third party childcare standing even though they are not “de ...