Reese v. Muret
Supreme Court of Kansas
150 P.3d 309 (2007)
Wade “Sam” Waldschmidt, Jr. married Deloris Hibbs, and the couple had a child named Heather (plaintiff). Heather’s birth certificate listed Sam as her father, and Sam treated Heather as his own child. Later, Deloris and Sam were divorced by the order of a trial court, which awarded custody of Heather to Deloris, ordered Sam to pay child support, and awarded Sam visitation rights. Subsequently, Sam had very little contact with Heather. Sam married Sandra (defendant) before committing suicide. After a probate court appointed William Muret (defendant) as the administrator of Sam’s estate, Sandra filed a motion to require genetic testing to determine whether Heather was Sam’s daughter. The court denied Sandra’s motion. Around the same time, Heather filed a paternity action against Muret pursuant to the Kansas Parentage Act, claiming that Sam was her presumptive father. Sandra intervened and again moved for genetic testing to be conducted. The trial court denied Sandra’s motion based upon the court’s holding in In re Marriage of Ross, 783 P.2d 331 (Kan. 1989), and held that it was not in Heather’s best interests to conduct genetic testing. Sandra appealed. The appeals from the probate and paternity actions were consolidated for review by the Supreme Court of Kansas.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rosen, J.)
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