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Know your options when paternity must be challenged

Establishing paternity is one of the necessary steps that you must take to assert your rights as a father. But, have you ever thought about what would happen if you found out that you weren't the baby's daddy after you had already established paternity? This is a case that isn't all that common, but it does occur.

When you find out that you aren't the father of a baby that you have supported financially and raised, your first reaction is likely going to be anger. From there, you might decide that you don't want to be financially responsible for the child any longer. In order to do this, you have to disestablish paternity.

We will be honest here, you are facing a difficult battle to disestablish paternity, but it is possible. First, you have to file the appropriate petition to challenge the legal paternity finding. Be ready to defend any statements you made, as well as any actions you took because all of this will likely come up during this process.

Second, you need to take a paternity test. Having a DNA test that is admissible in court can help you with your case. You might have to turn to the court to have a court order for this test if the mother isn't willing to bring the child for testing.

Third, keep on paying child support. We know that this doesn't make sense, but it is necessary. Child support payments must be current or complied with in a substantial manner or you will have to answer as to why.

There are several other points that might come into the picture during this process. We can help you to address each one as it comes up.

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