This chapter focuses upon the paternity of the fornicating man. This is a man who fathers a child without being married to the child's mother. Although this man had sexual intercourse with the mother of his child, he is little more than a sperm donor. In most cases, the only difference between him and a man who donates sperm at a sperm bank is the method used to insert the sperm into the woman's body. Historically, a child born out of wedlock was considered to be the child of no one, so the sperm donor who donated his sperm by having sex with the woman was not legally recognized as the child's father. Under current statutes, a man who conceives a child out of wedlock is the legal father if a paternity test proves he is the biological father. In child support cases, the man must provide child support if the child satisfies the requirements of the state's paternity statute. With regard to inheritance, the child is eligible to be recognized as the heir of the man if the child meets specific statutory requirements.
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