In Wisconsin, eligible persons may file a lawsuit seeking to force another person to take a DNA test to prove paternity of a child. Under the current law, persons eligible to file a cause of action to force DNA testing include:
- The child
- The child's birth mother
- A man presumed to be the child's father, if certain provisions are met
- A man alleged or alleging himself to be the child's father
- The personal representative of a deceased person who was alleged to be the father
- A person possessing legal or physical custody of a child
- A guardian ad litem appointed for the child, when certain statutory provisions have been met
- A person who has assumed financial liability for the maintenance of a child, when certain statutory provisions have been met
- A person who has filed a declaration of paternal interest of the child, when certain statutory provisions have been met
- The state of Wisconsin, to determine paternity for child support concerns
The purpose for filing a paternity lawsuit varies, of course, according to the needs of the person filing the cause of action. In many cases, a mother will bring a paternity suit for the purposes of child support enforcement. In other cases, a man alleging himself to be the father may press for DNA testing to ensure visitation and parenting rights.We work with men and women on issues relating to paternity law
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