Legal Paternity Testing

Paternity Testing in Covington, Lousiana

In Louisiana, you must financially support your children until they come of age, graduate high school, or if they can’t support themselves due to infirmity. This significant responsibility is not one you should bear alone, especially not for a child who is not biologically yours. Since children inherit from their parents, it is crucial to establish legal paternity to ensure clarity and fairness in fulfilling this obligation.


Ellen Cronin Badeaux, LLC can assist you in obtaining parental DNA tests in Covington, Louisiana. Depending on the test results, we can also help you pursue the necessary child support or inheritance to meet your child’s needs.

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Establishing Paternity according to Louisiana Law

In Louisiana, there is a distinction between biological and legal paternity. A man is not financially responsible for a child until legal paternity has been established. Legal paternity is assumed when a child is born to a married couple. But if a child is born to an unwed mother and father, there are two ways to establish legal paternity:

  • The father can sign an Affidavit of Acknowledgement (this may be done at the time of birth)
  • The father may be court-ordered to undergo a 99.9% certainty genetic paternity test.

Even if a man is willing to sign an Affidavit of Acknowledgement to establish legal paternity, testing is strongly encouraged. Home DNA paternity testing kits can test for parental DNA test and can then be confirmed by a lab.

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What a Paternity Lawyer in Covington Can Do for You?

A paternity lawyer in Covington plays a pivotal role in ensuring your rights and your child’s well-being are protected. Their expertise aids in navigating the legal complexities surrounding paternity testing. When you’re seeking to establish legal paternity, a knowledgeable attorney provides invaluable guidance.

These legal professionals facilitate the testing process, ensuring it adheres to legal standards. They interpret results, explaining implications and potential outcomes. If required, they represent you in court, advocating for your rights and your child’s best interests. In instances of challenging or disputed cases, a Paternity DNA Test Lawyer becomes an essential ally, offering legal strategies and support. Relying on an experienced attorney ensures precision throughout the paternity testing process, protecting your rights and fostering a positive resolution.

Why Establishing Paternity Matters


Establishing legal paternity is about more than just making sure a non-custodial parent financially supports his child. Establishing paternity is about making sure that every child has access to all the benefits of knowing both parents, including:

  • A more complete sense of identity.
  • A complete medical history.
  • Claim to Social Security, Veteran’s and medical insurance benefits.
  • Claim to inheritance.
  • Contact with both parents.

In Covington, Louisiana, for help with legal paternity testing or pursuing child support based on genetic tests, Ellen Cronin Badeaux, LLC. can help. Contact us today.

Call (985)-892-1955 to schedule a consultation with experienced family law attorneys in Amite, Louisiana.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux, LLC. serves the parishes of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Livingston, Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington. We are happy to help those in the communities of Amite, Baton Rouge, Chalmette, Covington, Denham Springs, Franklinton, Gonzales, Hammond, Livingston, Kenner , Madisonville, Mandeville, Metairie, New Orleans, Slidell and Gretna.

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