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The father of a child is liable for reasonable expenses associated with pregnancy and for supporting his child, regardless of whether the couple is married, including children born to a woman when the father is someone other than her legal husband.
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Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity
Paternity may be established when both parties submit a sworn acknowledgment to the State Board of Health after the child's birth. Following receipt of the acknowledgment, the Board will amend the birth certificate, if paternity is not already shown. Upon request for the legitimization of the child, the surname can be changed on the certificate.
If the voluntary acknowledgment is later challenged, any legal and financial responsibilities, including child support payments, may not be suspended unless good cause is shown and there is an order of the court.
If a child is born out of wedlock and the parents have not filed a voluntary acknowledgment, a lawsuit may be filed by the mother, father, or another authority in charge of supporting the child. The court may also award reasonable expenses to cover the pregnancy, as well as support for education, medical, or funeral expenses related to the child. The father’s liability for past education and support is limited to one year prior to the commencement of the action.
Either party in the paternity suit may demand that the parents and child submit to DNA testing. If a party refuses, the court may resolve the question of paternity against the refusing party. When the DNA test shows that the probability of paternity is 98% or greater, there shall be a presumption of paternity. This presumption may only be rebutted by a preponderance of evidence.
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