Cal Law Trends and Developments


Probably the most important development in the field of community property law during the past year was the legislation affecting causes of action and damages for injury to the person. Several cases dealing with integrated property settlements are of importance in clarifying problems relating to support provisions, modification, and enforcement. Developments in the case and statutory law dealing with the parent and child relation have emphasized the continuing trend toward liberality in the legitimation of children. Three major areas in this field have received attention and are worthy of comment. The conclusive presumption of legitimacy set forth in Evidence Code section 621 has been further strengthened by judicial decision; two new cases and one new statute are of importance in dealing with the problems of legitimation and adoption, and there has been some clarification of the judicial attitude toward artificial insemination and the numerous problems it presents.

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