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Mothers’ Child Custody Rights in Paternity Testing

In most states, mothers have the right to ask for paternity testing on behalf of a child against the alleged biological father. The court may order DNA paternity testing to determine if a man is the child’s biological father.

After paternity is established, a mother has the right to seek child support from the biological father. A mother may also ask the court to order the biological father to obtain or share the costs of medical insurance for the child and pay a part of any uninsured medical expenses. A father’s child custody rights allow him to seek physical and legal child custody in a paternity action or after paternity has been determined; he may also be awarded child visitation rights.

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