When there is not a signed Acknowledgment of Paternity form and the alleged father does not believe he is the biological parent, the Child Support Enforcement Program will help take steps, such as genetic testing, to determine whether he is the father. Genetic testing results may determine who the biological father is, but they do not legally establish paternity without a court order.
These genetic tests are simple, accurate and will determine if the man tested has the genetic markers required to be the biological father. Genetic tests are completed by swabbing the inside of the cheek (buccal swab).
Genetic tests can be requested by the mother, father, child or the court. In most cases, the state is required to do genetic testing if the child's father has not been legally determined. Genetic testing results may determine who the biological father is, but they do not legally establish paternity.