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Do I have to go to court to establish paternity of a child under Utah law?

A Utah paternity action child can sometimes require complex litigation to determine by "clear and convincing evidence" the identity of the child's father.  If paternity is contested at trial, Utah courts are required to establish paternity under a "clear and convincing evidence" standard of proof.  (See Utah Code Ann. 78B-15-112.)  If you are involved in a contested paternity action, having an experienced Utah family law attorney on your side can be critical to obtaining a successful outcome.  However, not all Utah paternity cases are contested and not all require court involvement.

Under the Utah Uniform Parentage Act, a child's father may voluntarily sign a declaration of paternity.  A voluntary declaration of paternity in Utah must also be signed by the birth mother.  If all of the conditions set forth in Utah Code Ann. 78B-15-302 are met, a voluntary declaration of paternity has the same effect as a legal finding by a court of law regarding paternity.

For help with establishing paternity in Utah, contact one of our Utah family law attorneys today to schedule an initial consultation.

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