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Is a child legally related to her biological father when she was conceived after he died? That is the question at the heart of Beeler v. Astrue, a recent ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit that contributes to a growing difference of judicial opinion about the rights of posthumously conceived children. In this column, I’ll explain the Beeler case and why the question it raises has caused a split among the judges who have considered it.



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