Q: Hi, I received a letter from the Nebraska child support services asking me to contact them to discuss a matter.
I am not on the birth certificate. The child is 13 years old. Previous father was taken off the birth certificate recently due to dna test, but is still in the childs life. I have also been in the childs life and provided for them with shelter, clothes, school supplies etc. The mother is threatening me for child support. I have absolutely zero legal binding obligation to the child. Can I be forced to take a DNA test and be put on child support?
A: A court can order a party to take a DNA paternity test in a pending paternity/child support case. The Court can enter an order of sanctions, including a default order finding to be the father, if a parent doesn't follow the order for DNA paternity testing. If found to be the child's father, a parent can be ordered to pay child support. A letter is not the same as being served with a court action and then having a hearing on whether to court will order the father to submit to DNA paternity testing.
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