ND Paternity

There is no presumption that a mother has superior rights to parent a child than a father in North Dakota.  However, in order for a father to assert his rights, a paternity action needs to be commenced.  Any interested party can bring a paternity action in North Dakota – a father (or possible father), a mother, or even the State of North Dakota.  If you aren’t sure if you’re the biological father, you can still bring a paternity action and request a genetic test as part of your pleadings.

If you want to ensure your rights as a father are protected, it’s important to speak to an attorney because there are important timelines contained in North Dakota paternity laws.  Once paternity is established in North Dakota, a father can ask the Court to address residential responsibility, parenting time, tax dependency issues, and child support requirements.

Paternity Rights in North Dakota including Recognition of Parentage, Paternity Rights, Parental Rights, and Paternity Action.