Presumptions govern many of the parental commitments that men take on. This is because while maternity can be proven when a child is born, it is not always as clear to determine what man was responsible for the child’s conception before birth.
Parenthood is an honor for many people who hope and plan for the days that they will be able to bring their own kids into the world. However, not all Arizona residents desire to be responsible for children, and therefore, they may choose not to have kids or to become parents through adoption.
There is a historical presumption that children, in custody situations, will always be placed in the primary care of their mothers. This may have to do with traditional parenting roles that mothers and fathers took on in the past, which often involved fathers working outside of their homes to earn money while mothers stayed home to take care of the couples’ children.
Simply because an Arizona mother claims that a certain man is the father of her child does not make it the truth. Determining paternity is an important factor in a child’s upbringing and care.