– from Robert Q. in Addison, WI

Question Details:

I received an order to appear in court for a paternity case, but I know I am not the father. I know not all trials require a jury, but when would a jury decide the paternity of a child?

Family Law Attorney Response:

Thank you for your question. Paternity cases can be complex.

In T.A.T v. R.E.B. (In re Paternity of M.J.B.) (137 Wis.2d 157, 404 N.W.2d 64 (Ct. App. 1987), it was decided that when the HLA report (a report received after a blood test) provides a probability of paternity result based upon the validity of an underlying assumption, the jury must be instructed to determine whether intercourse took place between the mother and father during the presumptive period.

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Lawyer Holly Mullin from Sterling Law Offices
Holly Mullin, J.D.
Family Law Attorney

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