This time from Michigan - Some Mich. dads say paternity law unfair.
A Grand Traverse County court concluded in 2003 that since the mother was married at the time of the baby's birth, Numerick had no legal claim. On appeal, Numerick lost.
"There was literally nothing I could have done to guarantee my rights," Numerick said.
His court case, however, caught the attention of lawmakers. One in particular, state Sen. Michelle McManus, eventually introduced a bill that would amend the Paternity Act, allowing a biological father to bring legal claim until his child turns 1 year old.
Other conditions, too, would need to be met, like submitting to the court a positive DNA test and proof that the mother was legally separated from her husband at conception.
The bill was reintroduced in February and is awaiting further action.
The Family Law Council, a section of the State Bar of Michigan, helped draft the latest version of the bill. But its advisers have cautioned that changes should be slow and steady, one representative said.
"The question is, 'How quickly and how dramatically should the law move in changing the status quo?' " asked Kent Weichmann, legislative chairman for the council.
I will admit that the original article did not make the Michigan law very clear to me. Indiana has some case law on point that I will need to dig up.
My other posts on the subject are here and here and here.
Thanks to Family Law Prof for pointing out this article.