How Do Unmarried Parents Establish Paternity For Their Child?

Paternity can be voluntarily established by agreement of both the mother and the father of the child. The parents can sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) that becomes a legal finding of paternity. If either the mother or alleged father is not sure about the paternity of the child, paternity can be contested and testing will be ordered to identify the father.

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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