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Wyoming Statutes Title 14. Children § 14-2-402. Definitions

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(a) As used in this act:

(i) “Acknowledged father” means a man who has established a father-child relationship under article 6 of this act;

(ii) “Adjudicated father” means a man who has been adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to be the father of a child;

(iii) “Alleged father” means a man who alleges himself to be, or is alleged to be, the genetic father or a possible genetic father of a child, but whose paternity has not been determined.  The term does not include:

(A) A presumed father;

(B) A man whose parental rights have been terminated or declared not to exist;  or

(C) A male donor.

(iv) “Assisted reproduction” means a method of causing pregnancy other than through sexual intercourse.  The term includes:

(A) Intrauterine insemination;

(B) Donation of eggs;

(C) Donation of embryos;

(D) In-vitro fertilization and transfer of embryos;  and

(E) Intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

(v) “Child” means an individual of any age whose parentage may be determined under this act;

(vi) “Commence” means to file the initial pleading seeking an adjudication of parentage in a district court of this state;

(vii) “Determination of parentage” means the establishment of the parent-child relationship by the signing of a valid acknowledgment of paternity under article 5 of this act or by adjudication by the court;

(viii) “Donor” means an individual who produces eggs or sperm used for assisted reproduction, whether or not for consideration.  The term does not include:

(A) A husband who provides sperm, or a wife who provides eggs, to be used for assisted reproduction by the wife;

(B) A woman who gives birth to a child by means of assisted reproduction;

(C) A parent under article 9 of this chapter.

(ix) “Ethnic or racial group” means, for purposes of genetic testing, a recognized group that an individual identifies as all or part of the individual's ancestry or that is so identified by other information;

(x) “Genetic testing” means an analysis of genetic markers to exclude or identify a man as the father or a woman as the mother of a child.  The term includes an analysis of one (1) or a combination of the following:

(A) Deoxyribonucleic acid;  and

(B) Blood-group antigens, red-cell antigens, human-leukocyte antigens, serum enzymes, serum proteins or red-cell enzymes.

(xi) “Man” means a male individual of any age;

(xii) “Parent” means an individual who has established a parent-child relationship under W.S. 14-2-501;

(xiii) “Parent-child relationship” means the legal relationship between a child and a parent of the child.  The term includes the mother-child relationship and the father-child relationship;

(xiv) “Paternity index” means the likelihood of paternity calculated by computing the ratio between:

(A) The likelihood that the tested man is the father, based on the genetic markers of the tested man, mother and child, conditioned on the hypothesis that the tested man is the father of the child;  and

(B) The likelihood that the tested man is not the father, based on the genetic markers of the tested man, mother and child, conditioned on the hypothesis that the tested man is not the father of the child and that the father is of the same ethnic or racial group as the tested man.

(xv) “Presumed father” means a man who, by operation of law under W.S. 14-2-504, is recognized as the father of a child until that status is rebutted or confirmed in a judicial proceeding;

(xvi) “Probability of paternity” means the measure, for the ethnic or racial group to which the alleged father belongs, of the probability that the man in question is the father of the child, compared with a random, unrelated man of the same ethnic or racial group, expressed as a percentage incorporating the paternity index and a prior probability;

(xvii) “Record” means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form;

(xviii) “Signatory” means an individual who authenticates a record and is bound by its terms;

(xix) “State” means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States;

(xx) “Title IV-D” means Title IV-D of the federal Social Security Act;

(xxi) “This act” means W.S. 14-2-401 through 14-2-907.

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