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Paternity in the Military

Posted by admin on April 27th, 2006

The rules for paternity in the military are the same as they are for civilians. The obligation for children is quite simple. Supporting the child is priority number one. A paternity test needs to and should be done. They can even be done while the father is overseas. The difference between dependants born to a military parent and those who are not is that those who are may qualify for benefits from the government.

A hearing might be set up in which the father must attend. He may be granted leave for his appearance in court to discuss paternity and/or child support. Commanders have no authority to order military fathers to participate with genetic testing. It is one hundred percent up to the father, unless a court order is issued. Members of the military do go through basic training. They also might have to participate in advanced training at some point.  Those two cases might cause the father to not have the ability to appear in court. If the military member leaves and misses any part of training, the training will have to be repeated. In the initial meeting with the father, after news of an order to establish paternity is delivered, an Affidavit of Parentage will be used. Records of any paid past child support will be obtained. If no support order exists then this time will be used for that. Three copies of the document are made. All are signed by both mother and father. Each parent receives a copy.

After all paperwork is read and signed, one copy is sent to the vital statistics agency in whatever state you reside in. At this time a voluntary military allotment may be enforced. This refers to the amount of a soldier’s pay that is set aside to provide support for their dependant or dependants. Military members do have the ability to amend or stop this payment at any time. One copy of the allotment document and one copy of the voluntary support agreement are signed and sent to a finance officer. After the paternity test has been completed and all documents are sent off, a military id can be issued to the dependant. Only will the child obtain this id if they are biologically linked to their military father. This id qualifies the child and even the entire family to receive medial benefits. All children reserve the right to a DNA test and no parent is eliminated from having to participate, despite their status or location.

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