Courts have long recognized the legitimacy of non-traditional and unique family situations. When a child is born out of wedlock, courts have extended the rights and privileges of a child-parent relationship in spite of the lack of a formal marriage. In In the Matter of the Estate of Castellano, the court decided whether a child born out of wedlock could be considered a child of the man his mother was married to at the time of his birth to exclude him from inheriting from his biological father. This somewhat unorthodox case offers a variation on a common issue.
Parenthood can be a roll of the dice. No one knows what the outcome will be at the end of 18 years, when a child becomes an adult - the most parents can do is try to raise him or her to the best of their ability. This is the same for both biological and adoptive parents, but the situation can become extremely awkward when adoptive parents no longer want to, or no longer are able to, care for the child they took on.