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Determining Paternity, Standing Up For You

If a child is born out of wedlock, the father must be legally adjudicated by a court before he can have visitation rights or the mother can claim child support from him. In a paternity action, it is determined who the father is, who will have custody of the child, what the other parent’s visitation will be, and who will owe what amount of child support. If the parties are not in agreement as to paternity, a DNA test can be taken to ascertain the identity of the father. A mother filing a paternity action can also be able to collect the father’s share of the costs of pregnancy, labor and delivery in some situations. Paternity will be presumed if a child is born during wedlock, but if you had a child with a married woman, it is possible to overcome this presumption and still have paternity established.