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Getting Paternity Testing

A paternity test can be ordered by either party in a relationship, but it is often used by women to obtain child support while raising their children. In every state, welfare offices can also petition to have the paternity of a child established in order to force an individual to contribute financially. This is often done in cases where the mother is already a recipient of temporary state assistance and the mother must agree to a paternity test if she wants to continue receiving financial aid from the government.

To establish paternity, a small amount of blood must be withdrawn and analyzed. Once blood is drawn, a lab will process the results to exclude the father or to establish paternity.

When you question the paternity of your child, there is a way for you to resolve any underlying uncertainty through DNA testing. However, you may find that you are facing challenges when requesting a paternity test. For example, the other parent may object to such testing and make it difficult for you. If this happens, you may need to count on the services of a family lawyer who can help you take legal measures to get a paternity test order.

Are you in need of a paternity test? Contact Hopper, Hopper & Mulligan, PLLC today to learn how our Raleigh family law attorneys can help you resolve any issues surrounding the paternity of your child, such as child support.