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Paternity Information by State

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.

Alabama

 

Alaska

 

Arizona

 

Arkansas

 

California

 

Colorado

 

Connecticut

 

Delaware

 

District of Columbia

 

Florida

 

Georgia

 

Hawai’i

 

Idaho

 

Illinois

 

Indiana

 

Iowa

 

Kansas

 

Kentucky

 

Louisiana

 

Maine

 

Maryland

 

Massachusetts

 

Michigan

 

Minnesota

 

Mississippi

 

Missouri

 

Montana

 

Nebraska

 

Nevada

 

New Hampshire

 

New Jersey

 

New Mexico

 

New York

 

North Carolina

 

North Dakota

 

Ohio

 

Oklahoma

 

Oregon

 

Pennsylvania

 

Rhode Island

 

South Carolina

 

South Dakota

 

Tennessee

 

Texas

 

Utah

 

Vermont

 

Virginia

 

Washington

 

West Virginia

 

Wisconsin

 

Wyoming

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