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Parentage Law (R)Evolution: The Key Questions

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dc.contributor.author Parness, Jeffrey A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-13T14:52:33Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-13T14:52:33Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Jeffrey A. Parness, Parentage Law (R)Evolution: The Key Questions, 59 Wayne L. Rev. 743 (2013). en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/17362
dc.description.abstract American state parentage laws have evolved significantly in the past half century in response to changes in both reproductive technologies and human conduct. Yet further evolution, if not a revolution, seems inevitable. In particular, American state laws increasingly recognize parenthood by consent for a nonbiological and nonadoptive parent-like figure in an intimate or familial relationship with a child’s biological or adoptive parent. Lawmakers, especially state legislators, will need to consider who may be granted standing as parents to seek court-ordered childcare, including former stepparents, former boyfriends and girlfriends, and present and former grandparents. As well, they must ponder whether standing should be granted to three or more possible parents; how consent to a new parent might be given outside of formal adoption by both a recognized parent and by an intended parent, including whether a formal declaration should be required, as via a voluntary acknowledgment or guardianship; and, whether household residence or a particular length of actual childcare activities should be demanded. Given the likely continuing changes in human conduct (as with more same sex marriages) and technologies (as with prebirth paternity testing), American parentage laws will undoubtedly continue to be further (r)evolutionized, presenting further challenges for American state lawmakers. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject parentage en_US
dc.subject child custody en_US
dc.subject child visitation en_US
dc.subject child support en_US
dc.subject childcare en_US
dc.subject de facto parent en_US
dc.subject equitable parent en_US
dc.subject equitable adoption en_US
dc.subject voluntary acknowledgement of paternity en_US
dc.title Parentage Law (R)Evolution: The Key Questions en_US
dc.type.genre Article en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.contributor.department College of Law en_US
dc.rights.statement In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted en_US


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