Contesting Paternity With A DNA Test After Signing Birth Certificate

divorce lawyer Daren NeelQuestion:

A man signed a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity admitting he was the father, though a DNA test was never performed.

He is doubting the child is his and the child’s mother recently filed for child support.

Is paternity proven solely because he signed the birth certificate and the Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity or can he now request a DNA test to determine if the child is actually his?


I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Kentucky paternity laws where I am licensed to practice.

Generally speaking, when a father signs a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity and signs the birth certificate, he is presumed to be the father. The court will not require a DNA test if the father is admitting paternity, which is what he does when he signs those documents.

The father can always ask for a paternity test if he has reason to believe that he is not the biological father, but since he has already admitted paternity, the court will likely require that he be responsible for the cost of said test. Courts generally also place a time limit on these tests.

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The father should raise his concerns that he might not be the father at the first court date possible. He should not wait until child support is set before raising his concern.

I would advise that he contact an attorney in his jurisdiction either to secure a paternity test or even for the child support hearing.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Louisville Divorce Lawyer Daren C. Neel, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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