How do I initiate the process of determining biological paternity?
How can I establish legal paternity?
The easiest way to establish legal paternity is to have a DNA test performed. There are many companies that perform this service. If the mother of the child is uncooperative, there are two options available. The first is to the attorney general’s child support office and open a case. They will contact the biological mother to begin the process. The downside to using the child support office is that it can be a slow process.
The quicker method is to have an attorney file a petition to adjudicate paternity. In that petition, the attorney will request a court order for DNA testing.
If the DNA test is negative, you will likely have no parental rights; though there may be other remedies.
If the test is positive, the court will enter an order adjudicating you to be the biological father. Your attorney can then assist you in obtaining visitation rights for the child. Of course, you will also be required to pay child support and provide medical and dental insurance for the child.
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