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 by state as well as the District of Columbia.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

  • Paternity (Arkansas Dept. of Finance & Admin.)

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

Need More Paternity Information for Your State? Reach out to an Attorney

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 speaking with a local family law attorney.

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