In other cases, the father wants to be part of the child’s life because he is adamant that the child is his, whereas the mother claims it is another man’s child simply to get him out of her life.Sometimes doubts over paternity, doubts that have never been suggested previously, will be triggered by other events.For example, when a couple separates on bad terms, the mother could try and claim that the child is not the father’s.
The term ‘parent’ can mean different things depending on the area of law.
Under educational law, a parent must be a biological parent.
On the other hand, under healthcare law, a parent is anyone with parental responsibility, regardless of biological link with the child.
In other cases, the mother may genuinely not know who the father if she has had several partners.
A common situation is one where the mother has had a number of sexual partners and the father has genuine doubts that the baby may be his.
His views may be influenced by impending requests for child maintenance contributions.This often occurs when the parents are not living together, possibly even following a ‘one night stand’.While it is easy to identify a child’s mother, this is not always the case for the father.Only scientific testing can confirm In most stable relationships, paternity is rarely at issue.However, it has been estimated that between 5% and 20% of children have the wrong man identified as their father.In some cases, the real father’s identity has not been disclosed by the mother, despite her knowing his identity or at least having a strong idea.