Historically, the legal determination of “who is a parent” primarily focused on who was determined to be a child’s father. Today, the issue of parentage is a much more complex issue. A person’s status as a legal parent of a child may arise in a number of ways, including:
- By receiving a child into one’s home and holding that child out as on’e own.
- By signing a parentage declaration.
- Through the use of assisted reproductive techniques
A legal parent and child relationship gives rise to numerous legal rights, privileges, and obligations. Consequently, we are regularly called upon to represent parents, or potential parents, to establish parentage, child custody and child support for non-marital relationships.