By definition, paternity refers to the legal acknowledgment of the parental relationship between a father and his child. Traditionally, the parental relationship between a child and mother has seldom been questioned since the mother carries and gives birth to the baby. But that may be changing thanks to recent advancements in artificial reproductive technologies.
Technically, a baby born today could have three mothers -- the genetic mother, the birth mother and the adoptive mother. These advancements could have a significant effect on family law in New Jersey and the rest of the country as courts struggle to apply laws regarding surrogacy, adoption, divorce and even inheritance.