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.
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified family lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact an attorney in your area from our directory to discuss your specific legal situation.