In order for child support to be awarded, the paternity of the child must be established.  Paternity refers to finding out who the father of the minor child is.  Most of the time, both the man and woman know that the child is his.  However, in most cases, the court will require a paternity test to be certain that the man is the actual father of the child.  The test is done by swabbing the mouth with a cotton swab and then sending it to a laboratory to run the test.  Once paternity is established, child support and visitation can then be determined.

If you need to speak with an attorney concerning establishing paternity, please call us at (205) 833-2589 or contact us immediately for a free consultation!