Although there is no uniform legal definition of the "father" in state laws throughout the country, many states have definitions for different categories of fathers, including the "father" and the "presumed father." Depending on the category you enter, you may have different rights and duties regarding the child and may have to follow certain procedures to determine paternity. It is clear from the definition of "paternity agreement" in the FLA that the agreement can be written to address the issue of child custody, but it is not necessary to design it for that narrow purpose. A paternity agreement can also be an instrument for the parties to define custody and access issues (where the child will live and with whom) and to explain in detail the responsibility of each party in making decisions about the child or children. Ultimately, a paternity agreement should work to provide legal guarantees to both parents and children. However, despite the emphasis on genetic testing, both the newly revised UPA and most government laws and tribunals attach some importance to the best interests of the child. In states such as Arizona, Wisconsin, Kansas, Maryland, Montana and Minnesota, courts have said that the best interests of the child must be taken into account in determining paternity. In some cases, the courts have upheld the right to refuse genetic testing if it is determined that they are not in the best interests of the child; others stated that the best interests of the child must be taken into account after genetic testing has determined paternity. Voluntary recognition of paternity: in most cases, you can choose to voluntarily recognize paternity with or without DNA testing. Once you agree, you may or may not revoke the recognition by state.
A court application results in an order that assigns paternity to a particular man, including possibly the responsibility for assistance and/or access, or declares that one or more men (possibly including the mother`s husband) are not the father of the child.