For those of you following our ongoing representation of actor Jason Patric in his battle to establish parental rights over his son, we have exciting news. In September of 2014 the trial to establish parentage as ordered by the Court of Appeal finally took place. After eight days of testimony and argument, the trial court found that Jason met the requirements of establishing parentage under the Family Code. The trial court has ordered that Jason is the legal father of his son. As you may recall, the Court of Appeal in a landmark decision issued last May, held that while Jason could not claim parentage as a result of his biological connection to his son because of the “sperm donor” statute, he did have the right to establish parentage as any other unrelated man would be able to do, by demonstrating he had received his son into his home, and held his son out as his own. The Court of Appeal set forth a further requirement that father and son have a familial relationship. Notwithstanding vigorous efforts by the child’s mother and her multiple law firms to oppose this request, the court found Jason to be the legal father. That decision has now become a final one at the trial court level, as the court just recently overruled mother’s objections to the tentative decision establishing Jason as the legal father. Now pending is the court’s decision on custody. Father and son should be reunited in the next few weeks.
Posted on Jan 13 on 2015