LAW OFFICE OF                                 SHAWN DICKERSON




Paternity actions refer to matters involving adults who have not been married, but have a child or children.  Paternity actions adhere to the same laws and rules that apply to regular divorce actions with regard to child custody, child visitation, and child support.  

Currently, very few paternity actions are challenged.  However, in the event of a challenge, the father and minor child undergo a paternity test to confirm the genetic connection.  In some cases, the paternity test can be performed before the child is born.  With a 99.999% accuracy rate, there is no longer an issue with regard to paternity following the paternity test.

The ultimate order in a paternity action is a Judgment of Paternity, providing an order to establish the parental relationship between the father and the child.  Additionally, orders for child custody, visitation, and child support will be established.