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Paternity Determinations

In Michigan, paternity is defined as the quality or state of being a father and is used to establish a child's legal father. If you are seeking a paternity determination — or being asked to submit to a paternity test — the attorneys at Collis & Griffor, PC, can help you through the process and ensure that your rights are upheld.

Our lawyers assist clients in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas with a variety of paternity issues, including those involving:

  • Unknown father — If attempting to pursue a child support case and the father is unknown, in Michigan, this person will be required to provide information on all possible fathers. Furthermore, if the person attempting to pursue child support is on public assistance and refuses to provide information about fathers, their assistance may be reduced or even cancelled.
  • Proving paternity in Michigan — A request to establish paternity can be by a mother, father or child. Paternity tests can be done by SWAB test or DNA Genetic Identity.
  • Acknowledging paternity in Michigan — Parents can acknowledge paternity voluntarily in a number of locations beginning at the hospital at birth. The fathers name may be added to the birth record of the child for free up until the time the certificate is filed by the hospital. While this is not the only time that the father's name may be added to the birth certificate, it is the last time it can be done for free. Paternity can also be acknowledged by a parent voluntarily at the local county registrar's office, at the Department of Human Services office by way of a notarized affidavit of parentage form.

Michigan laws are constantly changing to further protect the rights of Michigan residents as can be illustrated by the recently enacted Revocation of Paternity Act. Protect yourself by choosing an attorney who is well versed in these and other changes which can impact your paternity case.

Paternity Attorneys For Clients In Washtenaw And Wayne Counties


Primarily serving the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, and the counties of Washtenaw and Wayne, although we extend our legal services throughout the State of Michigan.

If you are looking for a paternity attorney, call Collis & Griffor, PC, today at 734-707-9408 or contact us online to set up an appointment for a free consultation.

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