Verifying Paternity and Support Obligations

Verifying Paternity and Child Support Obligations in New Jersey

It’s not uncommon to find out that child support is being paid or pursued from a man that is not the biological father of the child in question. Establishing paternity is the most basic ingredient in the child support discussion. When a New Jersey couple is married and the father is present at the child’s birth and signs the birth certificate, he is giving his confirmation of paternity. If the couple is not married, or the father is not present paternity must be established. This is that basis of ensuring that both parents are committing to support their child emotionally and also financially. This is also an important step when attempting to later on collect child support or enforce a support order.

If the paternal father has never voluntarily stepped up to support his child, paternity must be established. Before a court can order child support payments paternity must be established by the voluntary signing of a Certificate of Parentage or if necessary court ordered genetic testing must be performed.

Paternity must be established before the following steps can be taken to ensure the well being of the child.

  • Possible Sources for Child’s Health Insurance
  • Medical History of Paternal Father
  • Benefits Such as Pension / Social Security
  • Legacy Family Connections Beyond Father

New Jersey Paternity Verification Options

New Jersey’s Paternity Opportunity Program requires hospitals to provide unmarried parents with the opportunity to acknowledge paternity voluntarily at the time of birth. (LINK – New Jersey POP)

New Jersey DNA Testing for paternity has come a long way over the past decade. Genetic testing for paternity can now be performed with just a small amount of saliva from both parents and the child.

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About Jef Henninger, Esq.

A smart, tough New Jersey family lawyer who works hard to get your family back on track.

Posted on June 9, 2017, in Child Support, Non-Custodial Parent and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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