If I am 19 ears old and I got pregnant by my ex-boyfriend who is 17, can he be arrested if I insist on a paternity test?

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If I am 19 ears old and I got pregnant by my ex-boyfriend who is 17, can he be arrested if I insist on a paternity test?

He is denying that the baby is his so I want to have a paternity test done. However, people have been telling me that if I go legal to try to get help I can get in trouble because he’s underage. I just want to prove its his baby; I don’t want his help in raising the baby just to prove it’s his.

Asked on October 24, 2012 under Family Law, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

This must be a very stressful situation at this time and I urge you to get help with everything, including counseling.  Now, he would not be arrested under the scenario that you gave here but you could indeed get in to trouble.  You are the legal adult and he is a minor.  I strongly suggest that you speak with some one in the area about the situation.  Good luck.


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