August 15, 2008
Case Law Development: Paternity Acknowledgment and Child Support Order = Parent Status
The New Hampshire Supreme Court, interpreting the word "parent" in its custody statute, found that a trial court erred in dismissing a man's petition for parental rights and responsibilities of the six-year-old child he had helped raise since birth, despite the fact that the DNA testing ordered at mother's request showed that he was not the biological father. The man had signed an acknowledgment of paternity at the hospital when the child was born and later had a child support order entered against him. The New Hampshire Court held that this was sufficient to make his a parent entitled to bring an action for parenting time.
In the Matter of J.B. and J.G., (New Hampshire Sup. Ct. August 6, 2008)
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