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Successfully Helping a Soldier Retain his Legal Paternity

May 25, 2012


A soldier was the presumed legal father of a young child. However, after several years of treating the child as his son, he was informed that another man is the biological father, and the biological father was seeking to dissolve the soldier’s legal paternity. The soldier and his family had been very active in the child’s life, and he believed that it would be in the child’s best interest for legal paternity not to be disturbed. The soldier discussed this issue with a military attorney, who then referred this case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which connected the soldier to a volunteer attorney. The volunteer attorney took this case to trial, and successfully helped the soldier retain his legal paternity, allowing the soldier to continue his paternal relationship with the child.

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