Wednesday, July 26, 2006
What is a father? Today, a judge in Hudson County is expected to issue his legal opinion on fatherhood in the case of a Staten Island man trying to claim half of his late daughter's inheritance. The case involves a New Jersey law that divides the estate of someone who dies without a will between the person's parents if there are no children or other descendants. The attorney for the deceased woman's mother believes the judge's ruling will break legal ground in defining and interpreting parental inheritance. The legal case hinges on whether the Staten Island man, Ruben Martinez, should still be considered the woman's legal parent even though he admits in court papers that he was not very involved in his daughter's upbringing and did not pay child support.
Read more of the article by Rudy Larini from New Jersey's Star-Ledger (last visited July 25, 2006 bgf)