A paternity test is done to establish whether a person is a natural parent of a child or not. By filing a petition, paternity can be determined by court-ordered genetic testing. Once a person is determined to be a natural parent, that person will have the same duty to support the minor child as they would have if the paternity issue had not been raised, and can also petition for custody and/or visitation rights.
In Alabama, if a couple is legally married, the husband is presumed to be the legal father of the child whether the child is biologically his or not. If the parents are not legally married, the father of the child must sign an affidavit of paternity to establish that he is the legal father of the child. If you would like assistance in establishing paternity, or have questions about paternity, our attorneys have the knowledge assist you.