What happens if there is a paternity dispute?
Parentage will be presumed if:
- the child was born during a marriage,
- the parents lived together for a certain time before the child was born (if this applies to you, it is important to get legal advice),
- a person is named as a parent during court action or on a birth certificate,
- a person has signed an ‘acknowledgment of paternity’ or
- a person has adopted the child.
Parentage can be proved in three ways:
- a statutory declaration can be signed agreeing paternity,
- the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages can be informed by the parents that their names should be on the birth certificate or
- a Court can make an order to allow for a Child Support Assessment to be made because a person is a parent of the child.