Establishing Parentage Through Court

What are the advantages of asking a court to determine parentage?

Going to court provides both parents:
  • the right to be represented by an attorney.
  • the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses.
  • to testify about the identity of the biological father of the child.
  • to testify about genetic testing.
  • a court-ordered parenting time (visitation) schedule and custody determination.

What are the disadvantages of asking a court to determine parentage?

Going to court can:
  • take money because of fees and the cost of hiring an attorney.
  • take longer than voluntarily establishing parentage.