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When Will a Court Order Paternity Testing?

Posted by admin on April 27th, 2006

Paternity testing is required in some states after a child is born or even before that. This ensures that the child will grow up with the knowledge of both biological parents. Every child deserves this. Whether they were conceived in or out of wedlock, the child should have the option of knowing the truth of where they came from. Paternity is the first step. Visitation, custody, and a child support order then follow. This gives every child equal advantage at his or her life.

In the best interest of the child, a court may find reason to order paternity to be established. This can be done if the father will not sign a voluntary agreement or contests the results of a genetic test. A blood test can be done if this happens. While in court, the mother will have to provide details to the relationship with the alleged father. This also includes the pregnancy and birth. Questions may be asked about the financial contributions made by the father. They may ask if he has ever admitted that he was the father or if there are pictures of him and the child together. Living arrangements between the two could also be discussed. Some states look at simple facts. If he acted like a father and supported the child, then he is the father. This means even if he is not the biological father, he has a responsibility to the child until 18 years of age. The mother should have all the information she can about the alleged father. This includes his name, address, and his details concerning his job. Information from others, including his family, may also be used in court to prove paternity.

If the father in question fails to appear in court he may become the father by default. This is why these tests are important. If you show your face in court, a paternity test (prueba de paternidad) can be done and answer the question appropriately. You may not have to care for a child who is not biologically yours. Some fathers may even continue to support a child not biologically theirs if they have been there since day one and no other father is available.  Every state will have individual laws for paternity. In Arizona, when you request paternity or the state orders it, a child support will be close behind. These two go hand in hand. Also, the courts may seek reimbursement from the non-custodial parent for state assistance. They may require payment for the birth of the child as well as the expenses afterward. Whatever your case may be, establishing paternity is important.

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