For a man, creating a legal parent-child relationship with a child (called “paternity”) can be a little more complicated.
Legally Established Paternity Paternity can be legally proven in two ways: Legal Presumption of Paternity If paternity is not legally established, certain legal presumptions apply.
Ask them when you call: There are no laws in New Jersey specifically regarding sexting.
However, sexting falls under state child pornography regulations, which state that pictures of a person under 18 engaged in sexual behaviors is a crime.
A home test kit requires collection of samples (usually by swabbing the inside of the cheek) and mailing the samples to a lab.
Court-ordered DNA testing requires the parties and the child to go to a lab to have the sample (swab) collected and tested.
The husband of the child’s mother at the time of birth is presumed to be the father of child.
If you go to a private doctor or physician, then you need to ask them about their confidentiality rules when you are making the appointment.
In New Jersey, when a woman becomes pregnant from artificial insemination, the legal presumptions do not apply In that case, the sperm donor, who is the biological father, is considered the legal father of the child, even if that is not what the donor or mother intended.
Challenging a Legal Presumption When a man is legally presumed to be the father of a child, the mother, the child, or another man who believes himself to be the father may ask the court to decide paternity.
This is called the “age of consent.” These laws are meant to protect minors from being manipulated or forced into sex with older people.
Get familiar with these laws, so you and your partner know what is or isn’t legal in your state.