Biology Not Required to Establish Parentage

Today, in the landmark decision of Partanen v. Gallagher, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that a woman may establish herself as a child’s presumptive parent even in the absence of a biological relationship with the child. I previously wrote about the history of the parties, their positions and oral arguments before the Court. To establish parentage, a person must demonstrate that the named child was born to two people who are not married to each other and that he or she, jointly with the other, received the child into their home and openly held the child as their own. Although the impact of this decision remains to be seen, the novelty of the issue at hand may result in it setting precedent for other courts across the country.

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Maria L. Rockwell Remillard

Maria Rockwell Remillard is a highly-regarded trial and appellate lawyer focusing on probate and domestic relations cases as well as all aspects of civil appeals of Massachusetts. Her clients­ often well-to-do executives residing in central Massachusetts or MetroWest ­are typically facing hotly-contested divorce litigation involving complicated family structures, pre-nuptial agreements and significant, complicated foreign and domestic assets, including stock options, trusts and performance shares relating to compensation. “In my probate practice,” according to Maria, “my cases involve rights of surviving spouses, as well as contested wills, trusts,  guardianships and conservatorships.”

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