Tuesday, August 4, 2009
A fathers' right to know?
Last week, the actor Jude Law released a statement saying he was going to be a father. People magazine and others have reported that the mother is a 24-year-old aspiring actress named Samantha Burke.
Law's statement suggested he was surprised by the news. And if the relationship was last year, that means the baby must be due soon, either in August or September.
So while we don't know for sure, it appears that Law found out he was having a child only during the last few months of the mother's pregnancy. Surprise.
Should Law have known earlier? Burke didn't have to tell him at all; she might have chosen to keep the matter to herself, and Law would never know he has another child in the world.
Should Burke have been obligated to tell Law? Would we want such a requirement to be written into law?
Should a father have a right to know when he's going to have a child?