In past years, women and men in the state of Washington who questioned the paternity of a child typically had to wait until the child was actually born to definitively determine the father's identity. Today, new technology has been developed making paternity testing before a child is born easy and risk-free.
According to an appeals court ruling, a teenager from a southwest suburban family should be told that the man he believes is his biological father really isn't. However, this secret should be kept hidden due to a judge's ruling that both parents be barred from speaking about the situation to the boy. In two years, when the boy turns 18, this ruling will be dissolved.
Children are a big a responsibility, and some parents spend years saving money and getting ready to have kids. However, even when that doesn't happen, there are still expectations that both parents will help raise the child. Paternity and child support are designed to help parents understand their obligations to the child and the other parent.
Paternity tests are court-ordered and taken for one of two reasons - to prove or disprove biological fatherhood. On a reality-based television talk show broadcast in Washington, a woman wanted to publicly determine the father of her twins. However, to the show's host surprise and to the shock of the mother of the fraternal twins, not one, but two separate men were found to have fathered her children.
Raising a child can be a tremendous amount of work. In an ideal situation, both parents know they have parental responsibilities, and they work together to raise the child. In other situations, however, that is not quite what happens.