The situation suggested by this topic usually refers to men, as it is common to hear that a man has fathered a child who was not born to his wife.
However, situations in which married women give birth to children who are not fathered by their husbands are becoming more prevalent today.
In many instances, the husband is unaware of the fact that the child is not his, while the biological father is well aware that he has allowed another child to be passed-off as another man's child, but is willing to live with that fact ... at least for a while. In some cases, however, the child is conceived while the married couple is separated and the biological father is involved in a bona fide relationship with the mother.
It is that latter situation, which this article will address, and the legal implication for the parties involved. Here are the points which are worthwhile considering:
This list is by no means exhaustive; and I welcome further suggestions as a child's ability to identify with a family unit by name and physical features all impact of his/her welfare.
Sherry-Ann McGregor is a partner and mediator with the firm Nunes, Scholefield, DeLeon & Co. Send feedback and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.