Paternity is the legal process of establishing the father of a child. Each state has its own legal forms and requirements for establishing paternity. A paternity suit is often filed by the mother of a child seeking child support from the father. As part of the paternity suit, the father of a child needs to be determined. For general information on paternity law, see FindLaw's Paternity section.
The resources below provide paternity information for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. To suggest a resource for this page, please e-mail us. If you want legal advice on paternity, consult a qualified family law attorney in your state.
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Determining paternity is often as easy as getting a DNA test and comparing it to the genetics of the child in question. But the legal framework for this process, along with the rights and responsibilities associated with paternity, are determined through state law. Learn more about the paternity laws in your state by having a family law attorney give you a free initial case review at no obligation.