This federally funded report discusses techniques for establishing the paternity of children born out of wedlock. It begins with a review of statistics on illegitimate births in the United States and legislative efforts to enforce child support obligations. Chapter 2 describes the five critical steps in paternity case processing systems: allegation, location, confrontation, verification, and adjudication of paternity. Examples of the techniques used by four different jurisdictions use to establish paternity are then provided. Chapters 3 and 4 review the effectiveness of blood testing and polygraph testing for establishing paternity, and report the results of a survey of judges that investigated the kinds of blood tests results admitted by the judiciary. The final chapter discusses the utilization of uniform acts by States to determine paternity. 6 tables, 4 exhibits, and 72 references.
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