I'm enquiring on behalf of my son who will be 20 this year. He and his girlfriend just welcomed a baby girl into the

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Customer: I'm enquiring on behalf of my son who will be 20 this year. He and his girlfriend just welcomed a baby girl into the world. Thing is the biological father may not be my son.
JA: What was your marital status at the time of birth?
Customer: They argued and broke up, with my son reviewing a protection order aswell as the 5day family safety order. Unmarried...
JA: Has a paternity action been filed in family court?
Customer: No. This is the first legal advice we've sought...
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I'm not sure....
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As you will be aware, the only definitive way of checking paternity is a DNA test. If the parties can sort this out voluntarily, then that will be the answer. if your son was placed on the birth certificate then he would need to go through DNA testing to see whether that was correct. if his girlfriend refuses to cooperate that will obviously raise tensions further particularly if he denies that he is the father. If that is not correct and he is the father, it can sometimes cause some distress. So he should be on fairly firm grounds that there is another possible father. If his girlfriend won't cooperate with testing, you might need to get an application to court underway to get the evidence

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