Paternity proceedings may be necessary when a child is born outside of a marriage or even inside of a marriage when there is doubt as to who the father is.
Establishing paternity is necessary to collect child support as well as other important legal rights such as accessing the father’s medical records.
Paternity proceedings may be initiated by:
- the mother
- the child
- any relative who is caring for the child
- the Department of Human resources, and
- a person who claims to be the father.
Because of the financial and legal ramifications of a paternity determination, paternity proceedings may be contested. However, absent a showing of good cause, a court will grant a motion for genetic testing.
Having this test completed is only the first step in the process. Afterwards, you will need to make separate motions for child support or any other legal relief you seek. Contact us to learn more about the steps you will need to take.