Paternity Suit Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Paternity Suit, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Paternity Suit?

It is a lawsuit filed generally filed by the unwed mother of a child against the unwed father of the same child to prove that he is the father of the child. It leads to medical tests like blood test, DNA test, comparison of looks, sexual relationships etc and once proven the father also needs to offer monetory support for the child right from birth. In some states of US, such proceedings are criminal in nature.