Can Paternity Be Established For My Child If The Father Lives In Another State?

Yes. But it is difficult to establish paternity across state lines because the laws in most states are different. Frequently, genetic tests will be ordered to help the court in the other state determine paternity. Parents residing in different states can voluntarily acknowledge paternity. Also, all states must honor paternity established in another state.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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