In matters where the parties have not been married but have a child or children, the law refers to those matters as paternity actions. All of the same laws and rules that apply to regular divorce actions with regard to child custody, child visitation and child support are identical.
In modern times, very few paternity actions are challenged. Under the law, in the event of a challenge, the father and the minor child undergo a paternity test, and in some cases the paternity test can be performed before the child is born. The paternity results are 99.999% accurate, and after the test results are obtained, there is no longer an issue with regard to paternity.
The ultimate order in a paternity action is a Judgment of Paternity, and it simply provides an order establishing the parental relationship between the father and the child, along with orders for child custody, visitation and child support.
In cases where minor children are involved, whether it is a divorce action (dissolution of marriage) or a paternity (children without marriage), child support will be an issue.
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