William L. v. Cindy E.L

In William L. v. Cindy E.L., 201 W. Va. 198, 495 S.E.2d 836 (1997), the Court concluded that a husband in a divorce proceeding could not use blood tests to disprove paternity because he had acted as the child's father for a number of years during the marriage. The father-child relationship had existed for four years, and the father had been on notice that he might not be the biological father of the child for approximately four years prior to his challenge to paternity. Id. at 201, 495 S.E.2d at 839. The Court in William L. noted that "'the law favors the innocent child over the putative father in certain circumstances.'" Id. at 200, 495 S.E.2d at 838.