Louisiana recognizes the rights of a father both to accept paternity without genetic testing as well as the right to challenge it. In the event that the mother or other party to an action requests a paternity test, the court has the right to order a paternity test and require any refusing party to take a paternity test.
For those who choose to acknowledge paternity without a test, or for whom a paternity test indicates the child is his, the ramifications are considerable—and permanent. Men who acknowledge and/or who are proven to be fathers have the right to petition the court for custody and/or visitation rights, and can be obligated to pay child support. Once a man has been filiated to a child, the child in question acquires rights of inheritance.
Paternity suits can have unpleasant consequences for everyone involved, and yet they can be a necessary reality in cases of divorce, asset distribution, estate settlement and other actions. Attorneys George Read Coleman and Scott Richards Samuel lead their clients through the process of evaluating whether or not to acknowledge paternity or require a DNA test, and, in the event a DNA test is ordered, of reviewing the paternity test results and taking action, regardless of the outcome.
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