A Maryland woman had a baby that was conceived when she was still married, but wasn’t born until after she got divorced.
After the baby was born, a man she knew claimed that he was actually the father of the child – and not the woman’s ex-husband. He demanded a genetic test to prove his paternity. The woman refused, and the case went to court.
The result? The man lost. The Maryland Supreme Court decided that whether the man was entitled to a paternity test depended on what was in the best interests of the child. And in this case, the man was unable to prove that it was in the child’s best interests to possibly be declared illegitimate.
While the man’s parental rights are important, the court said, they’re not as important as the child’s rights.