Simply because a child bears a person’s last name holds no weight in the determination of legal parentage


Law Lessons from D.G. et al. v. K.S., __ N.J. Super. __ (Chan. Div. 2016), Ocean Cnty., Wauters, J.S.C., DOCKET NO. FD-15-1386-14-S, FEBRUARY 5, 2016:

Simply because a child bears a person’s last name holds no weight in the determination of legal parentage. In re T.J.S., 419 N.J. Super. 46, 53 (App. Div. 2011), aff’d, 212 N.J. 334 (2012) (holding that a child’s birth certificate only records parentage as reported by others and “neither constitutes a legal finding of parentage nor independently creates or terminates parental rights”).

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