court ordered paternity testing

Court Ordered Paternity Test – This topic is one of AIDC’s most frequently asked about topics. In this post, we will address the most popular questions regarding this topic to better help you understand how this process works in general.

Before we begin, it is important to note. I will be discussing this topic in the general sense because the laws are different from state to state and sometimes county to county within a state.

How do I get a Court Ordered Paternity Test?

[expander_maker more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]Getting a court ordered paternity test can be done when an alleged father wants to establish paternity. In order for him to do this, he must file paperwork with the courts to establish paternity. Normally, this can be done by acquiring a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity form in your state. Remember, each state is different so the name of the form may be called Paternity Acknowledgment Establishment Form or something along these lines. Just do a bit of research online about the topic for your state. 

There are two other ways a court ordered paternity test can be initiated. One by the mother of the child in which she will have to follow the same procedure mentioned above for the alleged father. This also holds true for a legal guardian that represents the child best interest in the event the child does not have its biological parents available.

The second way a court ordered paternity test can be filed is by a State’s Revenue Dept and/or Child Services. In either case, it is important to make sure you understand your state’s laws by reaching out to an experienced Family Law Attorney.

How much does a Court Ordered Paternity Test cost?

The cost of this type of Paternity Test will be predicated upon whether the state pays or you pay. Legal Paternity Tests prices start at $325.00 with AIDC. To learn more about this service or to ask a question please contact us at 877-680-5800.

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Who pays for a Court Ordered Paternity Test?

There are several ways Paternity test costs are paid. First, if an alleged father has already acknowledged paternity of the child he may seek to have a Paternity Test performed. In this case, the alleged father will be responsible for payment of the DNA Test.

The second scenario, a judge may view your finances and deem you financially unable to pay for the DNA Test hence, the state will pay for DNA Testing. Please note, when the Paternity Tests are performed by the court. The turnaround times for results are much longer. Results may be completed in 6 -8 weeks on average.

It is important to note, there are times where the judge may pay for the Paternity Test initially but require the alleged father to repay the court.

The last scenario is the mother of the child or legal guardian may opt to pay for the paternity test. These are the most common scenarios AIDC has encountered.

Can an alleged father refuse a Paternity Test?

Yes. But, if the alleged father acknowledged paternity then Child Services or the mother of the child’s legal representative can petition the judge to issue a court order for you to perform a DNA Test.

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