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What are the penalties for refusing to take paternity test in NYS? After penalties can I still be mandated to take a paternity?

Q: My potential child's mother is just money hungry and wants to take me for every dime I have. I am thinking of refusing a paternity test. I want to know what's the worse that can happen and if there is anyway around paying an arm and a leg. Please don't judge me.

A: David's Answer: Assuming she's filed a paternity case against you in Family Court, then if you refuse to take the DNA test, you'll be assumed the father. Thus, even if it later turns out you're not, you'll still be forever stuck with paying child support for a child who's not yours. Why not know for sure? Schedule a consult with a Bronx Family Law attorney for a full assessment.

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