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Mother will not acknowledge paternity of her child

The number of mothers who do not know the fathers of their children is high enough to discuss the topic of determining who that person is. Without an acknowledgement of paternity, a mother can be left without child support and the assistance in caring for a child that a father often brings. But what happens when a mother does not want to acknowledge that a man who believes he is the father is just that?

That's what one woman was wondering after her 17-year-old son and his 20-year-old girlfriend became pregnant. The woman and her son were part of the entire pregnancy, with the expecting grandmother paying for an extra ultrasound and a baby shower. According to the supposed father's mother, the mother's mother did little to help.

A couple of days after the baby shower, the son's girlfriend told the supposed father that the child was not his. He did not believe her and his mother believes that the maternal grandmother has something to do with the situation. When the baby was born some time later, the son was told via text. He filed for paternity after the child was born but three weeks went by with no response from the child's mother.

He then took his paternity test and his now ex-girlfriend brought an attorney into the situation. The 17-year-old's mother believes that the 20-year-old is afraid of her own mother-according to reports, she kept her own children, including the 20-year-old mother, from their biological father. Now, she does not allow for the baby and his mother to leave the home without another member of the family.

According to some, the only thing the 17-year-old and his mother can do is wait for the DNA results. If the baby is his, it may be smart to seek legal advice. After that, he should file for joint custody of the child and be ready to create a parenting plan that includes child support.

Source: Worcester Telegram, "Battle over right of paternity to hinge on DNA test results," Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, Nov. 23, 2012

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