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Asked on: 1/27/99, 5:32 pm

Can a paternity test be forced on the mother?

My 24-year-old son is engaged and has been living with his fiance for about 3 years. She has two young boys from other relationships. She is now about 6 months pregnant and says that my son is not the father of this child. My son left for a period of about two weeks, then moved back in with her. She now says she is going to give the child up for adoption. My son is concerned, as am I, that this could in fact be his child. Is there a way that paternity can be determined as quickly as possible after birth (or even before birth) so that my son can take custody of the child if it is his? Does he have any legal rights as far as testing goes to determine if the child is his?

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