Paternity defines the relationship between a father and his child and can be determined with a simple DNA test. Even if the children are not biologically the father's there may still be a requirement to pay child support.
Result of lawsuit forcing a reluctant man to assume obligations of fatherhood. Blood and DNA tests showing a 98 or 99 percent likelihood are the standard. State laws vary widely in terms of statutes of limitations and when paternity actions will not be allowed (estoppel).
Being a father. "Paternity suits" are launched when a man denies being the father of a child born out of wedlock. The new technology of DNA testing can establish paternity, thus obliging the father to provide child support.