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Paternity disputes in Nevada

In Nevada and across the nation, fathers are expected to help support their children. However, there are situations where a man suspects that he may not be the father of a child. The state will order tests to determine the paternity of the child in question in several situations. If a man believes he may not be the father of the child, then he can write a letter to the Chief stating his concerns and requesting further testing.

The courts will also require paternity testing if the mother or guardian of the child does not know who the father is and provides the Chief with the names of more than one individual. There are also situations where the courts may believe that the validity of a paternity claim is in question.

In regards to the payment of tests, the Division covers the fees. However, fathers are required to reimburse the state for the testing fees if paternity is positively established through the tests. There are also instances where the blood tests are insufficient to settle the matter of paternity. In these cases, the courts may use the evidence available to them to make a ruling on paternity.

Men can protect themselves by disputing paternity claims if they have any concerns about the validity of the claim. The paperwork must be filed properly with the courts to keep the process moving smoothly and avoid problems later. An attorney experienced in family law and paternity disputes can provide individuals with more information and guidance. Establishment of paternity may lead to court-ordered child support payments, starting proactively with the child’s birth, so it is vital that men take proactive steps if they believe that paternity claims are false.

Source: Nevada Legislature, “ NRS 425.384  Establishment of paternity: Procedure when paternity is disputed.“, October 29, 2014

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