If you are seeking child support payments to help pay the expenses for your child, you will need to establish paternity if you are not married to the other parent or if you were never married to the other parent. This can be a challenging process, especially if you cannot track down the other parent. Let’s explore how paternity relates to child support and how you can establish it in today’s post.
If the person you believe is the father of your child does not voluntarily offer to undergo a DNA test to establish paternity, you will need to file a lawsuit. The judge can order the person to undergo DNA testing as part of the court case. If it is determined that the subject is the father of your child, the court will then works towards creating a child support order.
Paternity tests include blood tests and DNA tests. A blood test compares the blood types of the mother, the purported father and the child. The results are then compared to determine if the mother and father would have been able to have a child who has the blood type they have.
The most accurate form of paternity testing is that of the DNA test. If there are no DNA matches on two or more probes between the purported father and the child, that man can be ruled out as the father. If the DNA on probes between the child, the mother and the purported father match on every single probe, it’s 99.9% likely that the man is the child’s father.
Paternity as it relates to child support is an important necessity in any case. You will need to have tests performed, and the results will determine whether or not you can hold a specific person responsible for paying child support.