Inheritance for the Illegitimate: Children of Rape and the Need for Progressive Intestate Reform in Texas
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Discusses the inheritance issues faced by children who are conceived as a result of rape. Under current Texas law, the only way for a child of rape to inherit would be if the father legally legitimized the child. However, if that happened, the rapist would have parental rights over the child. This article argues that Texas should change its laws to reflect what other states have done. In some states, the law allows children conceived from rape to be able to inherit from the rapist. Conversely, the rapist is not allowed to inherit from a child conceived from the rapist’s violence; nor does the rapist have parental rights over the child.