The birth of a child can be an unexpected event, and many times the paternity of a child can be a contested issue. Paternity issues frequently arise for men in conjunction with the establishment of child support orders, or when accusations of infidelity are intertwined with a divorce action. A man can also find that his paternity is assumed if his divorced wife gives birth to a child within 300 days after their divorce. Paternity suits may be filed at any time during and after pregnancy, up until the child in question reaches 20 years of age.
Once paternity is established through genetic testing, the next portion of a paternity dispute involves establishing the rights and duties of each parent, arranging child support and medical support for the child, and ensuring that a visitation schedule is in place.
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