Paternity establishment is the legal term for determining the father of the child. If the parents were married when the child was born, the husband is the legal father noted on the child's birth certificate.
If a father does not agree that the child is his, a genetic test must be done. This simple test can be done with a small sample of saliva. Either parent may request the test. Or, it can be required by child support or ordered by the court. Both parents and the child must be tested. After all three parties have been tested, results usually come back within two weeks.
Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement
If the father agrees that he is the father, both parents may complete a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement form.
Paternity can be established by a court order if a party refuses to be tested.