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Child support may rely on DNA paternity testing

In California, DNA paternity testing is often used to determine if an alleged father is a biological parent. A man is called an alleged father when his unmarried partner is pregnant or gives birth to a child. Since the man is an alleged father rather than a biological parent, his name does not need to appear on the baby's birth certificate. However, a positive DNA paternity test grants him legal rights as the child's biological father.

A biological dad has the right to add his name to the child's birth certificate and make child support payments. Furthermore, a judge may grant visitation rights while also considering the father as a possible legal custodian. Numerous celebrities have tried to deny that they were biological fathers to children who were conceived out of wedlock. However, positive DNA paternity tests caused some celebrities to become closer to their biological offspring.

A court can establish paternity in different ways. For example, the parents may sign a voluntary document in which they both state that the man is the child's biological father. Additionally, the man can contact a certified AABB laboratory to set up an appointment for a DNA paternity test. This test is painless and only takes a few minutes. A medical professional swabs the cheek or mouth to obtain a DNA sample. A certified laboratory then tests the cells to determine whether the person is the biological father.

Complicated family law issues require the assistance of a divorce lawyer. It's often difficult to interpret complex legal regulations, especially regarding child custody and child support issues. Married and unmarried couples could benefit from consulting with a family law attorney who can look at all the facts before jumping to conclusions.

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