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Question: How is paternity established?
The answer can depend on whether the parties were married when the woman became pregnant or other presumptions. You may want to review the paternity statutes to learn more about how paternity is established.
According to A.R.S. § 25-814, in certain situations a man is presumed to be the father. A.R.S. § 25-803 discusses who can bring maternity/paternity proceedings. A.R.S. § 25-802 discusses where the action can be brought. Generally, you may want to look through the statutes in Title 25, Chapter 6, Article 1 of the Arizona Revised Statutes which explain the process for paternity actions.
Also, you may want to look to your local superior court whic may have the specific forms for paternity actions as well as instructions on how to complete the forms. In Maricopa County, you can find those forms online at the Maricopa County Superior Court's website. In Pima County, you can find paternity forms on the Pima County Superior Court's website.
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