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Paternity proceedings are very similar to divorce proceedings, but since the parties were never married, there is no marital estate to divide with regard to assets and debts. Accordingly, paternity proceedings are primarily limited to:

  • the legal determination of the father (either by admission or by DNA testing),
  • the legal and physical custody of the minor children, and
  • the payment of child support.

Paternity parties need to be aware that Oklahoma law allows child support to be collected back to a maximum of two (2) years prior to filing the Paternity petition, and a two year statute of limitation to dispute paternal parentage based on birth decrees and acknowledgements of paternity.

Obtaining the appropriate evidence and presenting that evidence for the Court’s review on each of the relevant matters is key to successfully litigating your case.

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