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When a child is born and there are questions about who the father is, a paternity action may be filed. Generally, blood tests and DNA samples can determine the true father of a child. However, paternity cases often go beyond a simple determination of fatherhood to issues of care and financial support. Courts can impose parental duties on the father of a child once [paternity] is established by the evidence. While new technology makes the it easier to determine who the father of a child is, at the same time, this technology can exonerate a person from parental responsibility in a suit brought by the mother hoping to gain financial support from the defendant. For more information about paternity, contact the family law lawyer in your area today.