A biological father has a duty to support his child, even in the absence of a judicial determination of paternity, which is simply a procedural mechanism for the enforcement of an existing duty.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
To Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, simplicity was the hallmark of modern architecture, hence the aphorism for which he is credited, “Less is more.” When it comes to children in foster care, less is most definitely more - if “less” connotes fewer abused and neglected children, fewer petitions for deprivation, fewer children for whom permanency is an issue, and fewer tax dollars necessary to fund child protection (aka “deprivation” or “dependency”) proceedings. The reality, however, is that while the number of children coming into care has decreased and the number of children exiting care has increased in the last decade, there remains an unsustainable number of children in foster care.
This post is intended to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about child custody, such as whether there is a presumption in favor of either parent, who decides the issue of custody, what factors are considered, and whether a child can elect with which parent he or she wants to live. I hope you find it helpful.
Children who are born the issue of void marriages are deemed legitimate. A void marriage cannot be annulled if children are born or to be born the issue of the marriage. This rule was designed to protect children so that their parents could not act to delegitimate them. The State has no interest in assisting parents in bastardizing children.
Prenatal alcohol exposure can cause a wide range of negative outcomes for children with which child advocates and guardians ad litem should be familiar to assist them in advocating effectively for the children whose interests they are charged with representing.