Paternity Tests In Phoenix

In Arizona, paternity of a child born out of wedlock can be established by stipulation. However, if either party disputes who the father is, the court will order an evidentiary hearing. Evidence presented at this hearing will include DNA tests.

At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, in Phoenix, our lawyers represent both mothers and fathers in paternity actions. The stakes can be high, since the results of a paternity test can be used to address issues such as child support, child custody and legal decision-making.

DNA Testing In Paternity Actions

When ordered, all three parties — mother, child and alleged father — must submit to DNA testing. The tests will take place at a DNA testing facility designated by the court. The state will pay for the cost of the DNA tests in advance. However, if the alleged father is determined to be the father of the child, he will be responsible for the cost of the tests.

DNA tests are highly accurate, with many tests showing higher than a 99 percent probability of paternity. In Arizona, a DNA test showing 95 percent probability of paternity is sufficient to establish a legal presumption of paternity. DNA test results can also be used to exclude a man as the father of a child.

Once paternity is established either by stipulation or DNA testing, the court can proceed to determine child support, parenting time and legal decision-making for the child.

Contact Our Phoenix Paternity Test Attorneys

For more information about paternity tests in Phoenix, contact DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC. Call 602-626-9552 or 800-409-0262 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.