SB 1227 - This act modifies the law relating to the establishment of paternity.
New language requires the Division of Family Support to provide a presumptive father identification form when a child is born to an unmarried woman or a woman who is married but whose husband is not the father. The form shall contain any information on the identity and location of the possible father. This form will not be deemed an affidavit and its' use will not subject the mother to any civil or criminal penalties if the information is provided in good faith.
The Division shall furnish the form to county clerks, state and local registrar's offices, and the mother for her review. The Division shall maintain a file on each child listed on a presumptive father identification form and shall take the necessary steps to located the suspected father.
If the suspected father is located, the Division shall attempt to legally obtain a DNA sample to establish paternity for the child. If the DNA test confirms paternity, the Division is responsible for notifying the biological father of his rights and responsibilities regarding the child. Once paternity is established, the Attorney General may recover any administrative costs associated with the paternity test.
This act is identical to SB 154 (2005).