Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd. • Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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Oklahoma Child Support Services: Paternity Frequently Asked Questions
 
Paternity Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What does it mean to establish paternity? 
  2. How can you establish paternity?
  3. Where are Acknowledgment of Paternity (03PA209E) forms available?
  4. Can parents sign the Acknowledgment of Paternity (03PA209E) form if they are less than 18 years of age?
  5. What if the parents aren’t sure who the father is?
  6. Where can DNA testing be done?
  7. Should paternity be set up if the mother and father are getting along and both are helping support the child?
  8. Will setting up paternity give the father visitation or custody rights?  
  9. How is genetic testing done?  
  10. If paternity wasn't established when the baby was born, how can I get paternity established later?
  11. How long does it take to get results from DNA testing?
  12. Can DNA testing be done if one parent is dead?
  13. What if the parents live in different places?
  14. How can I get a copy of the completed Acknowledgment of Paternity (03PA209E) form?
  15. Where can I get more information?

 

1. What does it mean to establish paternity?
Setting up or establishing paternity is the legal process used to show who is the legal father of a child.

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2. How can you establish paternity?
One way to establish paternity is for the mother and father to complete the Acknowledgment of Paternity (03PA209E) form.


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3. Where are  Acknowledgment of Paternity (03PA209E) forms available?
When a child is born to parents who are not married to each other, hospitals must give an Acknowledgment of Paternity (03PA209E) form to the parents. The hospitals must also give paperwork and tell the parents of their rights and duties when establishing paternity. The Acknowledgment of Paternity (03PA209E) form can also be found at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Division of Vital Records (Link opens in new window), county health departments (Link opens in new window), Oklahoma Department of Human Services offices, and child support offices. An Acknowledgment of Paternity (03PA209E) form (.pdf, 2 pp, 354 KB) and an Acknowledgment of Paternity (03PA209E) Word version(.doc, 3 pp, 215 KB) are available online.

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4. Can parents sign the Acknowledgment of Paternity (03PA209E) if they are less than 18 years of age?
Yes. A minor parent has 60 days after they turn 18 to rescind the Acknowledgment.

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5. What can be done if the parents aren’t sure who the father is?
If either the mother or father has any doubts about who the father is, they should get DNA testing done instead of signing the Acknowledgment of Paternity (03PA209E) form. DO NOT sign the form unless you are SURE about who the father is.

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6. Is DNA testing expensive? Where can it be done?
Either the mother or father can go to their local child support office and open a child support case to establish paternity. There is no cost to open a case. If the test is positive, the father will be required to pay the State back for the cost of the testing. This cost of state testing is much less than a private DNA test.  

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7. Should paternity be established if the mother and father are getting along and both are helping support the child?
Yes, there are many reasons to establish paternity. The child will know their social identity and family medical history, and they could also get health care coverage, Social Security and military benefits and inheritance

 

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8. Will establishing paternity give the natural father visitation or custody rights?
No. Under Oklahoma law, the mother is presumed to have sole custody of a child born outside of marriage. The child’s mother and father can agree upon visitation, and the child’s father has a right to go to court to seek visitation.

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9. How is genetic testing done?
The most common way is the painless Buccal Swab Specimen Collection. This way is done by rubbing the inside of the mouth with a cotton swab to collect DNA material. The swabs are labeled and then sent to a lab for DNA testing. The DNA tests used are really reliable with most results coming back at 99.9 percent. If the results are at least 99 percent, a judge will say a man is the father. In rare cases a blood specimen may be needed.

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10. If paternity wasn't established when the baby was born, how can I get paternity established now?
In many cases, the parents still set up paternity using the Acknowledgment of Paternity (03PA209E)  form. Either parent can also open a case with child support to establish paternity. Parents can also file an action in district court privately. The parents will have the chance to admit paternity or do DNA testing. To request an application for services, or to get more information, call the Child Support Customer Service toll-free at 1-800-522-2922.

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11. How long does it take to get results from DNA testing?
It can take four to six weeks for the results to be received and mailed to you.

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12. Can DNA testing be done if one parent is dead?
Yes. Testing can still be done if there is DNA available such as a blood or tissue sample of the late parent. Also, testing can be done if the late parent's relatives are alive and willing to submit to DNA testing. Contact your case worker and tell him or her of your special situation.

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13. What if the parents live in different places?
DNA testing can be completed even if the mother and father live in different places.

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14. How can I get a copy of the completed Acknowledgment of Paternity (03PA209E) form)?
You will need to make a request in writing to the OCSS Paternity Acknowledgment Section, P.O. Box 248822, OKC, 73124. The request must include the names of the mother and father, the child's name, date of birth, place of birth, and date the form was signed. The request must be signed by the mother or father (listed on the original form) or their lawyer. Be sure to include the address where the copy of the form should be mailed.

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15. Where can I get more information?
For more information, call the Child Support Customer Service toll-free at 1-800-522-2922.

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Last Updated:  6/4/2014