Billingham Law - Practice Areas - Paternity

Practice Areas

We are dedicated in helping our clients understand the complex texture of the law. We believe in helping our clients protect themselves and their families’ interest and safeguarding the future of their children through hard work and ongoing communication. In order to do that, we provide representation to clients in the areas listed to the right.

Paternity

The old joke in law school was, “Maternity is a matter of fact, but paternity is a matter of opinion.”

With modern DNA testing, that joke is no longer valid. DNA testing can determine paternity to a degree that courts routinely accept the test results. When a paternity case is filed, the judge immediately orders DNA testing and mother, child and the alleged father all submit DNA samples. If the test shows that the alleged father is the biological father, he can still demand a trial, but he has very little chance of prevailing. The biological father will pay child support and have the right to visit the child. Under the right circumstances, he can even get custody, but if he has been denying his paternity, that is not likely.