Erin W. Case, Part Two: Silliness About Genetic Testing, Shared Parenting

July 16, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Continuing from Friday’s post on the Erin W. case out of Nebraska.

The trial court and the Nebraska Supreme Court found a way to deny genetic testing to a mother, Charissa W. who wanted to find out whether her ex-husband is the father of her daughter. They’re better acquainted with Nebraska law than I am, so I’ll assume they’re correct on the law.

But the decision raises the obvious question “Why would we ever not want to know who the father of a child is?” For the life of me, I can’t come up with a single reason. The closest I can get is that, as in Erin’s case, the man who’s been acting as dad may not be the actual dad and yet the child believes he is. Learning that he’s not could lead to upset on the child’s part.

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