Biological dad from NY loses Mich. paternity case

LANSING (AP) -- A New York lawyer who is the biological father of a Michigan girl has lost a key court ruling in his attempt to get parental rights.

The Michigan appeals court says Anthony Pecoraro can't be granted paternity because the child's mother was married to another man at the time of birth in 2002.

Under Michigan law, the court says a child born during marriage belongs to the married couple, even if Pecoraro is the biological father. The court refuses to honor New York court rulings favoring the Buffalo-area man.

The decision was released Wednesday. Pecoraro lawyer Jeff Cojocar calls it "absurd."

He says Pecoraro wants to have a relationship with the girl and support her financially but the mother is resisting. A request for comment was left with her lawyer.

Published: Fri, Jan 21, 2011