Paternity matters are also referred to as parentage cases. It is wise for couples to establish paternity early in a child's life if the biological parents are not married or there is a valid domestic partnership. There are two main ways to establish parentage when a child's parents are not married: The mother or father can sign a voluntary declaration of paternity, or the court can order proof of genetic (DNA) testing. Once paternity is established, the court can make orders for child custody, child visitation, child support and a name change (if necessary).
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