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Papa's BabyPaternity and Artificial Insemination$
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Browne C. Lewis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738481

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738481.001.0001

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(p.163) 7 Towards a “Best Interests of the Child” Approach to Paternity Adjudication

(p.163) 7 Towards a “Best Interests of the Child” Approach to Paternity Adjudication

(p.163) 7 Towards a “Best Interests of the Child” Approach to Paternity Adjudication
Papa's Baby

Browne C. Lewis

NYU Press

This chapter sets forth the standard that courts should use when evaluating whether an adjudication of paternity will serve the best interests of the child. The standard is derived by relying on several legal, economic, and sociological theories. When adopting a “best interests of the child” standard, the focus is mostly upon the economic support the child receives from having a father. While courts are unable to force men to nurture their children, this fact has not prevented them from requiring men who conceive children by sexual intercourse to provide financial support for those children. The same should be true with regard to men who consent and/or contribute to the conception of children using artificial insemination. It is in the best interests of the child for courts to recognize and respect the relationships that children have developed with the adults in their lives.

Keywords:   paternity, children's interests, best interests, adjudication, financial support, artificial insemination

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