37. "RE: Super Secret Triple Encrypted Batmail"
In response to message #35
>2) The "Bruce acknowledges paternity and adopts" seems a little... >redundant? Like, "Yes this is my daughter, now let me go through all >the really obnoxious paperwork involved with adoption" as opposed to >"This is my daughter, here's a lab test proving it, we're going home >now."
Adding in what Gryph said, in a lot of jurisdictions in the real world, if the father is not on the birth certificate (or a different person is, for convenience's sake) then the only way for the whole thing to work out is to go through the adoption process. That gives a defining legal situation, everyone's covered up. Sometimes, even if there's no good legal reason, it happens. (Go read back on Wil Wheaton's blog where one of his stepsons asked Wil to legally adopt him, which goes into some details on the situation.)
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