California residents facing child support issues, child custody cases and paternity questions may benefit from having a better understanding of the role that DNA testing plays in the court's decision. Many cases require some form of DNA testing before parentage can be determined.
A DNA test can determine whether child support will be paid. When an unmarried couple has a child, the man involved is not automatically named as the child's father. Instead, he is referred to as the "alleged father." His name does not appear on the birth certificate until he has been legally determined to be the father by DNA testing. Only after paternity has been determined will he be responsible for paying child support. He may also be granted visitation rights.