2 Hours of Participatory MCLE Credits
11:30 am -Noon Check In and Bring-Your-Own-Lunch
noon - 2:00 pm Presentation
If asked, most of us would probably have no problem defining and describing what it means to be a parent. However, when faced with real life situations, it is often difficult for courts to determine when an adult-child relationship will be legally recognized, especially for possible fathers. What role does biology play? How much weight should be given to parental-type behaviors? What different kinds of adult-child relationships are recognized by the law and given constitutional protection? The complexity in current parentage law is further complicated by the fact that parentage recognized in one branch of Superior Court might not be recognized in another, depending on whether the case is in Family, Dependency, Child Support, or Probate court. This presentation will survey the most recent parentage case law as well as select cases from each type of court to highlight the current state of parentage law in California.
About the Author:
Terry Symens-Bucher serves as Supervising Attorney for the Alameda County Department of Child Support Services (ACDCSS). Under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, ACDCSS is charged with establishing legal parentage within Alameda County. ACDCSS has 32,000 open child support cases and collects $ 80 million annually. In addition, the agency establishes legal parentage for over a thousand children per year. Terry serves on statewide committees responsible for IV-D policies, procedures, and legal practices, including parentage establishment. He has served as the chair of the Managing Attorney Forum for California IV-D attorneys since 2008. He has taught parentage law to attorneys as well as to child support professionals. In these various roles, Terry has become very familiar with the issues involved in assessing and legally establishing parental relationships in California.
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Alameda County Law Library
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