The laws of paternity are complex and vary from state to state. Often times the legally recognized father is not the biological father. Here is how most states categorize fathers:
To get child support, one first must typically prove that the man is the legal father of the child. To do this, the man must usually be subjected to a paternity test. This may mean having the alleged father undergo Paternity DNA Testing.
Asking the judge to do this is called a Paternity Action. If the man is a presumed or acknowledged father, then he must pay child support. If the man is neither, then the judge can order the man to have a blood or DNA test.
These tests will determine whether or not the man is biologically related to a child. If the test shows that the man is biologically related to the child, then he will have to pay child support.
Family lawyers can be vital to helping you navigate an often complex and frustrating legal system. If you have questions about paternity, it would be wise to speak to one as soon as possible.
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