Parentage Act, Revised


The ULC adopted the Uniform Parentage Act (UPA) in 2000, which was a complete revision of a 1973 uniform act. In 2002, further changes to the UPA were promulgated, extending the act to also provide balanced coverage to questions of parentage arising in nonmarital circumstances. The UPA (as revised in 2000 and amended in 2002) has been adopted in 11 states. The UPA covers a number of topics, including: the parent-child relationship, voluntary acknowledgements of paternity, a registry of paternity, genetic testing, proceedings to adjudicate parentage, and children of assisted reproduction. As a result of the recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, as well as other developments in the states since the last revision of the UPA, this drafting committee will draft amendments to the Uniform Parentage Act. The scope of the proposed amendments is limited to issues related to same sex couples, surrogacy, and the right of a child to genetic information.

Committee Members

Jamie Pedersen Chair
Melissa Hortman Vice Chair
Mary (Molly) M. Ackerly Member
Barbara Ann Atwood Member
Lesley E. Cohen Member
Bart M. Davis Member
Gail Hagerty Member
Kay P. Kindred Member
Debra H. Lehrmann Member
Claire Levy Member
David C. McBride Member
Harry L. Tindall Member
William W. Barrett Division C Chair Member
Courtney G. Joslin Reporter
Liza Karsai Executive Director
Lindsay Beaver Staff Liaison