What Would Happen If I Refuse Paternity Testing in a Paternity Trial?

The worst that could happen is imprisonment. However, it would just really depend on the specifics of your case, and what could be negotiated. If a woman is able to provide the court with a reasonable case, they would have the authority to order you to a paternity test. Especially in the event that she is seeking child support payments from you.

In the case of J.P.L. v. J.H. (In re Paternity of T.P.L.), 120 Wis. 2d 328, 354 N.W.2d 759 (Ct. App. 1984), a similar situation had occurred where a man was ordered to take a blood test in order to establish paternity. He refused. The court found him in contempt, and was subsequently ordered to serve 6 months in jail. He appealed, but the court of appeals affirmed the decision. This is but one scenario. Legal representation is key in cases such as these, and a lawyer will speak on your behalf in court to represent your point of view.

References: J.P.L. v. J.H. (In re Paternity of T.P.L.), (1984)

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