Filing for divorce with children in the marriage is emotional and complicated in many cases. What you might not think about, though, is the importance of establishing paternity before you finalize the divorce, custody and child support orders. The more that you understand the importance of paternity testing, the easier it is to see when these tests can help.
There are some situations that call for paternity testing as part of your case.
Was your wife unfaithful?
When your divorce is the result of infidelity on your wife’s part, it is important to pursue paternity testing for your children if there is any reason for uncertainty. Ensure that you are the biological father before committing to custody and support arrangements.
Is your spouse saying the children are not yours?
If you were under the impression that they are your biological children but your soon-to-be-ex says that the children are not yours now that you are divorcing, you should ask for a paternity test order. This allows you to confirm if the children are yours or not.
Is your spouse claiming that the children are yours?
Your spouse may use children you did not believe to be yours in a divorce to try to seek child support. If your spouse is claiming the children are yours, ask for paternity testing to confirm it.
These are instances when paternity testing helps you with your divorce. The more proactive you are about confirming paternity, the easier it is to protect your legal interests in divorce, custody and support cases.