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How can a man challenge the paternity of a child?

It is often the case that when an Arizona man learns that he will be a father that he embraces his new role and the prospects of being involved in his child's life. Becoming a parent is a huge step and while not every person who finds out that they are expecting a child is prepared for the news, most rise to the occasion to provide their children with opportunities and love.

Ways a man may be proven to be a child's father

Although their relationships do not always last, men and women who reside in Arizona bring children into the world that they must raise and care for until the children are no longer dependents. When a man and woman are married at the time a child is born it is generally presumed that the child is the offspring of the woman's husband. However, not all babies are born to married individuals and this post will discuss how paternity may be proven in the state of Arizona.

Why is it important to establish paternity of a child?

Not that far into the past many Arizona families fit into a standardized mold that included a father, a mother and any number of children born to the parent's marriage. Such familiar structures were common, but today families take on many different forms. While in some cases the two parent structure still exists, today it is just as common for families to include single parent homes, mixed families and families in which grandparents or other third parties take active roles in the raising of youths.

Fathers have rights to custody and time with their children

Generations ago it was significantly more common for mothers to stay home with the children born to their marriages and to forego work outside of the home as their husbands took on careers and earned the money that supported the family. Since mothers were seen as the primary caregivers of the children it was more likely that they would be granted custody of their kids in the event that their marriage to their husbands ended.

What is paternity fraud?

Paternity fraud impacts fathers' rights and has consequences for child support payments, among other things. It takes place when a mother knowingly misidentifies a man as the biological father of her child. This fraud also occurs when she suspects that the man identified on the birth certificate is not genetically connected to the child.

What are some DNA tests that can be used to establish paternity?

A child born to unmarried parents in Arizona can still truly be loved by both, even if the parents are no longer in a relationship with one another. However, an unmarried father has to take certain steps in order to legally be considered the child's father. Until legal parentage is established, an unmarried father may not be able to exercise his fathers' rights, including his right to pursue parenting time with his child.

How can paternity be established in Arizona?

Establishing paternity in Arizona is important for a variety of reasons. First of all, once paternity is established, the child's mother will be able to collect child support from the child's father, which could be vitally important to providing the child with the quality of life needed to grow and thrive. Moreover, a man who has been legally determined to be the child's father can seek visitation rights so he can develop a meaningful relationship with the child. Finally, knowing who his or her father is can provide a child with emotional security, as well as a sense of family history, which could be especially important with regards to his or her family's health history.

Paternity through DNA testing is easier than you think

For a good portion of the 20th century, paternity testing was considered an inexact science, both in Arizona, and throughout the country. We could determine when a male was not the father of a child by comparing different combinations of blood types between the child and the father, but could not accurately determine if a man was the father of a child once he was 'ruled in.'. As they tend to do, however, technologies advanced, and we are now able to determine a father's identity with about 95 percent confidence.

Establishing paternity important for military members

Many Arizonans serve in the various branches of the military. They sacrifice much in their lives while serving, but most of them still have normal lives when they are not on a deployment. This means that they have families and friends, homes, cars, and many other things that civilians enjoy. Dealing with these issues is different for them, though, because they are oftentimes sent away to serve their country.

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