What is Paternity?
Paternity means biological fatherhood. An affidavit of paternity establishes fathers' rights for the care and support of a child that is determined to be a biological child.
What is a DNA Test?
A DNA test is often used in paternity testing, and sometimes performed to prove who the biological father is. Most of the time, paternity tests involve taking a swab of the inside of the cheek (buccal swab), and having it analyzed by a lab that's accredited by state authorities or part of a list of labs approved by a local court. There are other methods for a paternity test, such as a blood test, but the buccal swab method is the most commonly used.
What is an Affidavit of Paternity?
An affidavit of paternity, also called an acknowledgement of paternity, is used to make a notarized, sworn statement of facts that can be used as proof of paternity. State laws vary, but a paternity affidavit form is typically used by a hospital or child support enforcement agency when the mother is unmarried at the time of the child's birth. It can be used to add the father to the birth certificate or change the father listed on a birth certificate. An affidavit of paternity may also be used to establish paternity when the mother's husband isn't the child's biological father. The child support enforcement agency can order paternity testing in such cases and use an acknowledgement of paternity to order a change in birth records.
How Can You Get Out of Child Support?
When paternity is in doubt, the answer is to file a motion to have a child support order modified. The court will typically order a modification of support if paternity testing proves that the payor isn't the biological father.
An acknowledgement of paternity can be used to establish paternity, change a birth certificate, and more. If you're trying to get paternity rights, or get a change in official records or child support orders, US Legal Forms has the top quality, affordable paternity affidavit forms you need.