How to Prove Paternity

The parentage of a child is a significant question. The answer to the question comes with lifetime responsibilities and benefits. Inheritance, child support, custody, personal injury, gifts, etc. are all impacted by the issue of parentage.

Because most children know their mother, very little is often discussed when it comes to the parentage of a mother. Most parentage cases involve fathers. Regardless of whether it’s an issue with a mother or father, the issues of parentage determination are similar.

First, parentage is presumed if a child is born during a marriage. Second, parentage can be voluntarily acknowledged with special instructions required by law. Third, parentage can be determined through court proceedings.

Usually court proceedings require a parentage test (usually a blood draw). Once parentage is determined then various obligations attach. Therefore, to understand what is required once parentage is established. Email us at or call us at 505-880-8737.