How do you prove someone is the Father of a child so they have to pay child support?
If want to apply for a child support assessment, one of the things you need is proof of parentage.
The Child Support Agency (CSA) can assume a person is the father of a child in a number of circumstances, including the following:
- Where the father is listed on a child’s birth certificate;
- Where the father signs a statutory declaration declaring he is the father of the child;
- Where the mother and father were married at the time the child was conceived;
- Where the mother and father were living together at the time the child was conceived;
- Where there is an order of a court confirming a person to be the father of the child.
Unfortunately, even if you have a DNA test confirming paternity this cannot be accepted by CSA as proof of paternity.
The meaning of “parent” is generally given its ordinary meaning, as such you do not need to have been in a committed relationship with the other parent of the child, to be recognized as the legal father.
Paternity can be a complex issue for many parents, including those who are having difficulty conceiving or are unable to conceive or for those navigating surrogacy arrangements.