Establishing paternity is important because until paternity is established you have no rights to your children under Colorado law.
Not everybody needs to formally establish paternity. Under Colorado law, if a man and woman are married at the time of the birth, or if the baby was born within 300 days after the end of the marriage, the male is considered to be the father of the child. If you and the child’s mother were not married at the time of the birth of the child, you can simply sign an affidavit that states clearly that you are the father of the child.
In some cases however, in which the man is not married to the woman at the time of the birth of the baby, and refuses to sign an affidavit stating that he is the father of the child, it may be necessary to establish paternity. This is typically done using DNA testing.
Paternity DNA tests are genetic tests which will investigate the DNA, and compare the DNA of the father with the child. These DNA tests are foolproof, and the result will either completely establish that you are the father, or will eliminate the possibility that you’re the father of the child. The court will accept the results of DNA testing to establish paternity. Samples for DNA testing may be collected by the Department of Social Services in your local county or by a hospital.
Remember however, that just because you have established paternity does not automatically mean that you will get custody of the child. These are complicated issues to investigate. If you currently have doubts about the paternity of your child, or want to confirm paternity in order to establish custody rights to the child, get in touch with a Colorado family lawyer.