Can someone try to get me to pay child support without a DNA test? 5 Answers as of May 18, 2011

I met a girl a while ago and we made out a few times but did nothing more (aka no intercourse). All of a sudden I start receiving calls from a child support office claiming that I am the father of this girl's child and have to pay child support for her baby. Can they make me pay without a DNA test that proves I am the father of the child? Do I need an attorney to represent me in court?

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Law Office of Curry & Westgate
Law Office of Curry & Westgate | Patrick Curry
You need an attorney to represent you before you become the father by court order.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/18/2011
Law Office of Joseph A. Katz
Law Office of Joseph A. Katz | Joseph A. Katz
If you are foolish enough to allow the woman to obtain a default on you for your lack of responding, then you might have to pay child support for a child who is not yours biologically. Do not do so. It sounds as though she might have already obtained a default. You need to file an Order to Show Cause right away, and demand a DNA test yourself. This would be a Paternity action. Consult your local Clerk's Office. They have pre-packaged packets of forms. You might also be able to obtain a free consultation with a Court Facilitator, who will help you fill out the forms. There is an old saying: "Equity aids the vigilant, not those who slumber on their rights." Act, and act now. As to hiring an Attorney, well... You did not know any of what I just told you, right? Do you think you or an experienced professional would represent you most effectively?
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/17/2011
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
I don't know whether they can make you pay the cost of the DNA test, but the consequences of refusing to take a DNA test could make you pay child support for 18 years. You would be wise in retaining an experienced Family Law Attorney to represent you.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/17/2011
Law Office of Jackie Robert Geller
Law Office of Jackie Robert Geller | Jackie Robert Geller
You have the absolute right to request a DNA test if you dispute paternity. You should have a competent attorney to be your advocate, because if you are found to be the dad, then it's 18 years of child support.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/17/2011
Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
They are not able to establish an order unless you were served with a complaint to establish child support. If you were served and failed to respond, a default can be entered against you which means they don't need genetic testing. If you have not been served with a complaint, then you can request genetic testing. If you are in my area and are looking for an attorney, please contact me for a free consultation.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/17/2011
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