DoI need a court order to get aDNA test on a baby?

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DoI need a court order to get aDNA test on a baby?

We aren’t marrried and I want to prove that the child is mine so that I can have visitation rights.

Asked on January 23, 2011 under Family Law, Michigan

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

In MI, the easiest way to establish paternity is for both of the parents to sign an "Affidavit of Parentage" form and record it with the Department of Community Health.  This service is available in the hospital when the child is born, or you can contact a support specialist at your county Department of Human Services (DHS) for help (it's all free).  By signing the form, the paternity of the child will be legally established.  If both parents do not sign the affidavit, then  paternity is established is by filing a paternity case.  The county DHS can ask the prosecutor to file a complaint with the court to obtain an order establishing paternity.

If paternity is established, an order of "filiation" (paternity) will be entered.  The court will in all likelihood order the payment of child support, medical expenses for the birth of the child, blood test expenses, and other costs; it may also order that health care coverage be provided.  Additionally if the parents are in agreement about custody and/or parenting time, the judge will most likely include that agreement in the paternity order; if they are not in agreement, the judge will order temporary custody and parenting time until a hearing on the dispute (or other resolution).

Here is a link to a site that will explain further:  http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/selfhelp/family/paternity.htm


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