102 W. Va. L. Rev. 547 (1999-2002)
Somebody's Child: Evaluating the Erosion of the Marital Presumption of Paternity

handle is hein.journals/wvb102 and id is 559 raw text is: SOMEBODY'S CHILD: EVALUATING THE
EROSION OF THE MARITAL PRESUMPTION
OF PATERNITY
Theresa Glennon*
I.       INTRODUCTION     ........................................................................... 548
I.      THE CHANGING STATUS OF NONMARrrAL CHILDREN ................ 553
I11.     THE DIVORCE REVOLUTION AND ITS EFFECTS ON CHILDREN ....559
IV.      THE DOCTRINE OF THE MARITAL PRESUMPTION OF
PATERNITY    ................................................................................. 562
A.     The Historical Development of the Marital
Presumption of Paternity ................................................. 562
B.     Evolving Treatment of the Marital Presumption of
Paternity ........................................................................... 566
1.     Uniform Parentage Act of 1973 ............................. 566
2      Uniform Parentage Act of 2000 ............................. 568
C.     Challenges to the Marital Presumption of Paternity ....... 571
1.     Alleged Biological Father Asserts Paternity
Rights: Rodney F. v. Karen M. .............................. 571
2.     Presumed Father Denies Paternity During or
Following Divorce From Mother: NPA v.
W BA  ....................................................................... 577
3.     Mother Denies Presumed Father's Paternity
During or Following Divorce: Cavanaugh v.
deBaudiniere .......................................................... 582
V.       UNCOVERING THE JUDICIAL ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT
PATERNITY    ................................................................................. 585
A.     Presuming the Presumption ............................................. 587
B.     Competing Assumptions Regarding the True Basis
of  Fatherhood ................................................................... 587
C.     Privileging the Marital Relationship Over Other
*        Associate Professor of Law, James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University. I dedicate this
article to my parents, John & Mary Glennon, whose constant love and support is a much treasured gift that
too few children receive. I would like to thank Jane Baron, Jeffrey Dunoff, Richard Greenstein, Jana Singer
and the participants in the Faculty Colloquium at Temple in April, 2000 for their thoughtful comments, and
Emily Davis, Nancy Hudes, Lori Odessa, Nicole Thompson, Marina Volin, and Diana Weston, Jean Yelovich
and Colleen Young for their research assistance and cheerful confidence in the importance of research. I
would also like to thank Lisa Kelly and the members of the West Virginia Law Review for encouraging me to
participate in their stimulating Family Law 2000 symposium and for their warm hospitality during the
symposium.

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