Perhaps you've seen the signs along a number of major highways in Maryland. A pregnant Mona Lisa advertising a DNA testing company with the caption "Who's the Daddy?" With the rise in the number of children born out of wedlock in Maryland in the last several decades, paternity testing is becoming routine and family law practitioners are handling more cases in which the father or mother or both are trying to change who is named as the legal father in a paternity or divorce judgment. The law governing such cases has changed substantially since 1995. This article will guide the practitioner through the changes in the law, describe the need for separate representation of children in many of these cases and provide guidance on effective representation of children in paternity modification proceedings.
Jane C. Murphy & Cheri Levin, When Daddy Wants Out: The Issue of Paternity, 33 Md. B.J. 10 (2000)