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The Oxford Introductions to U.S. LawFamily Law$
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Brian Bix

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199989591.001.0001

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Parental Authority

Parental Authority

General Rights and Obligations

(p.59) Four Parental Authority
The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law

Brian H. Bix

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines issues related to parents' rights and obligations to their children. It first considers the legal treatment of nonmarital (illegitimate) children under family law before turning to presumptions of paternity and the rights and obligations of step-parents to their children. It then discusses the parental rights and obligations granted to parties who would otherwise not meet the (biological or statutory) criteria for legal parenthood. It also looks at co-parenting agreements between unmarried partners and concludes by explaining the legal consequences of the doctrine that a child can have no more than two legal parents.

Keywords:   parents, children, nonmarital children, family law, paternity, step-parents, parental rights, parental obligations, legal parenthood, co-parenting

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