How are Arizona paternity cases handled? My childs father is denying paternity.

Paternity is important when it comes to child support and custody matters. In Arizona, the court may order testing to establish paternity. The law reads: “The court, on its own motion or on motion of any party to the proceedings, shall order the mother, her child or children and the alleged father to submit to genetic testing.” (Arizona Revised Statutes § 25-807)

Genetic testing is used to determine the probability that a man is the biological father of the child. State law doesn’t leave a lot of room for speculation. According to the statutes, the tests must show a 95 percent likelihood of paternity. Keep in mind that the test can be utilized to not only prove paternity, but to show that someone is not the child’s biological father.

If genetic testing reflects paternity, a court order may be given naming the child’s legal father. Once paternity has been determined, court orders may be obtained for child support and custody.

You can learn more about Arizona paternity cases in our article, Establishing Paternity in Arizona: Find Out The Steps Involved.

If you have more questions regarding paternity or other family law matters, feel free to contact an experienced Arizona family law attorney at the law firm of Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC by calling 602-258-1000 or toll free at 1-888-9AZLAWCOM (888-929-5292).