Pasadena, CA asked in Family Law for Arizona

Q: Court ordered prenatal paternity testing?

My pregnant girlfriend just moved out (now ex gf), we are not married. First, I'm filing the form for a court ordered paternity test. She has already said that she will allow the test after birth, but I would like one now. Is it possible to have the court order her to a non invasive paternity test while she is still pregnant?

And, due to our recent fight, she won't let me go to any prenatal appts. If I fill the form to request a hearing, is it possible to have her court ordered to let me go to the prenatal appts?

I have read the Arizona statute for paternity testing, but I can't find anything about getting a court ordered non invasive prenatal test done. I would like to know the chances of the court ordering her to do the above, as opposed to waiting until after birth to do a paternity test.

The mother and I both live in Arizona.

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1 Lawyer Answer
John R Gaertner Jr
John R Gaertner Jr
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: In my experience with these matters the Court will not order a test during pregnancy if Mother opposes. Also, if Mother opposes you being present during doctor visits, the doctors office will exclude you from being there. You are in for a fight in this case and should be prepared to meet much greater resistance from Mother as the birth of your child draws near.

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