Are you facing a divorce with your spouse and you are concerned that you are not the father of your child? You have probably always had that feeling (given your spouse’s cheating history) that you are not the child’s biological father but you just have never acted on that feeling. However, now that you are facing a divorce you feel that it is important to raise this as an issue and deny your paternity. Absent addressing all of the issues that can arise with a denial of paternity, you need to know what can happen in the interim while the case is pending. You may not be the biological father, but you still may be the presumed father.
What is a presumed father?
You are the presumed father for all legal purposes if one of the following is true: you are married to the mother and the child was born during the marriage; you married the mother before the birth of the child even if the marriage could be invalid; you married the mother before the birth of the child and your name is on the birth certificate. This means, even if you are not the biological father of the child you are the father in the eyes of the law. Therefore, the judge can make orders according to that legal fact and most likely will do so.