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The Complicated Nature of Questioning or Establishing Paternity

When it comes to legal issues, there are few issues that are more contested and sometimes more emotional than issues involving paternity. Often times, these issues can come about because a parent wants expanded visitation rights, a parent is requesting child support or sometimes, it is simply a matter of determining if a person is the father of a child. While there are many legal details involved in paternity, whenever issues like this tend to arise, it is always important to speak with an attorney that understands the of paternity issues and how they relate to the courts.

Establishing Paternity

Regardless of why the paternity of the child may be in question, there are several different ways in which paternity is established in the state of Oklahoma. However, one of the most well-known ways of establishing paternity is through a court ordered DNA test. Even if someone has assumed paternity, they can require a test during divorce proceedings to ensure that they are only paying child support for their own child.

Why do It

The reasons for paternity can vary quite significantly. Many times, women who need help financially in order to raise their children, especially if the biological father has been absent for some time, will turn to paternity testing to legally establish the father of the child or children in question. Once paternity has been established, the mother can actively pursue the father of the child to make restitution in terms of child support. Some men may have never known that they have a child. They may wish to have visitation rights to get to know that child. Paternity tests and establishing paternity may be helpful in this particular situation as well.

The nuances of paternity, how it’s established and what is done after paternity has been established from a legal standpoint could fill multiple articles. The bottom line is, if paternity needs to be established for a child, for whatever reason, there are ways in which this can be done. To understand the process and to utilize this process in a way that is fitting for you and your child is something that you’d want to speak with an attorney about. To learn more about the services of these types of attorneys, you may want to visit