Many people in New York enjoy sharing life with another person. Unfortunately when relationships end, they can be extremely messy. When children are involved, the breakup becomes more difficult. Miquel Cabrera, a Major League baseball star, is involved in a contentious paternity lawsuit with a former mistress who claims he is the father of her two children.
The expectation of a new baby into the family is usually a joyous occasion for the parents and extended family members. Unfortunately, unexpected circumstances can hinder the joyous occasion. One woman's first weeks with her newborn have been emotional and stressful. She has requested a New York court for the permission to test her dead husband's DNA to prove his paternity of her daughter before he is buried.
Being a father is an experience that many men enjoy. However, some individuals may not know they are fathers until a considerable amount of time after their children have been born. As a result, these individuals may have to go to considerable lengths to establish paternity and work to gain custody of -- or visitation with -- their children.
When going through divorce, there are different ways that New York residents could approach their cases. Some individuals may wonder whether they could handle the proceedings entirely on their own and others may want to know more about the different types of legal assistance available. Of course, the specific details of each divorce may be factors in deciding the best routes to follow.
While it used to be less common, many New York parents are having children before they get married. In these cases, an unmarried father may sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity in order to establish legal rights to his child. If an alleged father did not sign the such an acknowledgement at the birth of the child, refuses to sign it or is blocked by the mother, there are several ways by which the father may be declared the child's legal father.
Legal paternity extends beyond a biological relationship. Regardless of whether a man is the biological parent of the child, he may be legally recognized as such. A man can have legal paternity established in New York in three main ways.
Knowing the identity of a child's father is very important when custody matters arise in New York. A child's mother and father have rights and responsibilities concerning a child that others do not. Determining paternity may allow a father access to a child or allow a guardian to receive support from a father.
DNA technology has advanced to the point where paternity testing can identify a child's father with very little error. When a couple in New York needs to determine paternity, one can compare DNA samples for similarities. DNA fingerprinting is a simple way to determine paternity, and this process involves using a restriction enzyme to cut out some sequences of DNA but not others and then compares the results. When using restriction enzymes to create DNA fragments, what is left of a child's DNA would resemble a combination of two parents' DNA.
Because a child born to parents who are not married does not have a legal father, New York residents involved in such a situation may need to legally establish paternity. Some may wonder whether this is really necessary, and it is helpful to note that this effort assures a child of the same rights and benefits that a child born to married parents receives. These benefits may include having access to medical and life insurance benefits from either parent when available. Additionally, this provides a child with access to important family information related to medical issues.
New York basketball fans may be interested to hear that Indiana Pacer player Paul George has taken legal steps to gain sole custody of his two-month-old daughter. A prenatal paternity test showed that George is most likely the father of the child, but he has agreed to take another test to prove his paternity. If he is the father of the baby, he wishes to take care of the child without sharing parental responsibilities with the mother.