Recently, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced their separation after 25 years of marriage, following Schwarzenegger’s admission that he had a child with his former housekeeper 10 years ago, reports The Huffington Post.
While it remains to be seen whether the couple will divorce, several questions have been raised, including whether or not there was a pre-nuptial agreement before their union. The couple’s net worth is valued at over $500 million, and under California law, assets acquired during their marriage would be split 50-50, meaning Shriver stands to gain at least $200 million if they divorce.
Perhaps the biggest question that has been raised is in regards to the child’s paternity. The estranged husband of the woman identified as the mother of Schwarzenegger’s son has come forward saying he only recently learned he was not the boy’s biological father. It has been reported that a secret DNA test was performed 10 years ago to prove that Schwarzenegger was the father of the child, but official details have not been released.
Pennsylvania paternity cases raise many delicate and sensitive issues, and can be very complicated. Often, genetic testing is needed to determine whether an alleged father has paternal rights, or whether they belong to someone else. It may be necessary for paternal determination to be done by a jury if the genetic testing results are not conclusive. While one of the most reliable ways to establish paternity, genetic testing results are not 100 percent indisputable. After hearing both sides of the situation, the jury will decide whether a man is responsible for the welfare of the child in question.
Paternity disputes can be incredibly stressful for all parties involved, which is why consulting with an experienced Philadelphia paternity attorney can help those facing paternity issues in Pennsylvania understand the legal options available to them. Sheryl R. Rentz is a highly skilled lawyer at The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz and can help you navigate the process for genetic testing or paternal determination by a jury, if necessary. To learn how Ms. Rentz can assist you during this difficult time, please call 610-645-0100.