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A paternity action may be filed to establish whether a person is or is not the natural parent of a child; and if so, to determine how the child will be parented; the parents’ legal and physical custody rights and child support obligations.


This scenario frequently arises when an unmarried couple has a child. The claimed father may admit that the child is his or may request genetic testing to determine parentage if a motion is properly presented to the court within two years of the child’s date of birth. If parentage is admitted or established, the issues of child custody and child support are handled in a manner identical to those involving a married couple with children who are getting divorced.