Diritti di sangue. I nuovi orizzonti della ricerca della paternità e della maternità

Autore: Giorgia Alessi
In: Genesis. XVII/ 1 , 2018
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Historically, “natural” fathers and mothers have tried to circumvent or refuse the obligations towards their children imposed by the law. Fathers succeeded using legal loopholes – from absence to paternity disowning – and making the routes for recognition more difficult. The paper examines, in the long run, the instruments and the prohibitions – absolute for fathers in the Napoleonic code – laid down for the search of paternity and maternity, and the wide rights to secrecy assured to natural mothers by some contemporary European legal systems. Special attention is paid to the implications and contradictions that rise from the use of Dna test in paternity and maternity suits.