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Pennsylvania Family Law: Paternity by Estoppel

By Sheryl Rentz on April 18, 2012

In a recent ruling in a family law case, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania deemed that paternity in Pennsylvania by estoppel will continue in the state. Paternity by estoppel acts to impose an obligation on the party who holds himself out as the father of a child and continues to provide support for the child as well. The mother in this particular case acknowledged that she had an extramarital affair with the alleged father during the course of her marriage to her husband. Testing did establish that her husband was not the biological father of the child.

The alleged father asserted paternity by estoppel to defeat the child support claim and argued that the husband had established the father relationship with the child, adding that his involvement in the child’s life had been insignificant. Also, the mother and her husband remained married even though they were separated. Read the rest »

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The Basics of Pennsylvania Paternity Law

By Sheryl Rentz on January 18, 2012

Paternity is defined as the state or quality of being a father, and any Pennsylvania resident who wants to establish paternity can do so in a very simple, reliable way. A person who wants to establish paternity can be either be a mother, a father, or even the child, depending on what a party may want to achieve from the paternity testing. In order to establish paternity, DNA testing is most common and can include a SWAB test, DNA Genetic Identity, or a blood test. DNA testing centers are typically affordable and are easy to locate, so paternity matters are usually settled before a trial.

There are a number of reasons why an individual may want to establish paternity, such as: Read the rest »

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Supermodel Sues Salma Hayek’s Husband for $46,000 a Month in Child Support

By Sheryl Rentz on August 3, 2011

Supermodel Linda Evangelista recently revealed that billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault is the father of her 4-year-old son. Pinault is currently married to actress Salma Hayek, with whom he has a 3-year-old daughter. Evangelista alleges her son was conceived in 2006 during the married couple’s brief separation.

Now, Evangelista is suing Pinault for approximately $46,000 per month in child support, according to The International Business Times. The sum is estimated to be the largest support order in the Manhattan family court’s history. Pinault is believed to be worth over $11 billion. Read the rest »

Complications Surrounding Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver Separation

By Sheryl Rentz on May 27, 2011

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. Read the rest »

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Woman Alleges Keanu Reeves Fathered Her Children in Paternity Suit

By Sheryl Rentz on April 8, 2011

Recently, Keanu Reeves was involved in a paternity suit in which a Canadian woman claimed he was the father of her children, reports The San Francisco Chronicle. Read the rest »

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