If the man says he is not the father, LCSA (the Local Child Support Agency) will file a court case against the man whom the mother says is the father (the alleged father).

To find an LCSA near you,

If the alleged father says he is not the father, LCSA can schedule DNA tests.

The DNA tests may show that

  • he is not the father, which means he has no rights or duties regarding the child, or
  • he is probably the father, which means a court can order him to pay child support—but he can still try to prove to the court that he is not the father

Important: The man can refuse DNA testing, but even if he does, a court can say he is the presumed father and order him to pay child support.

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