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Red Flag: Paternity Already Established

Under Oklahoma law, paternity can be established in four ways:

  1. The father is married to the mother or lives with the mother until the child is two years old (“presumptive father”);
  2. The father and mother sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP)(“acknowledged father”);
  3. The father is determined to be the father in a court or administrative proceeding (“adjudicated father”); or
  4. The father adopts the child (“adoptive father”).

If the child has a presumed, acknowledged, or adopted father, CSS cannot establish paternity for another man through the court or administrative process, even if all parties agree.
Questions to ask :

  1. Was mother married when child born? To named father?  To another man?;
  2. Is the mother claiming another man (not husband) is father?;
  3. Have parties signed Denial of Parentage and AOP forms?; and
  4. Is there a signed AOP with no recession, or previous court action?

Legal Authorities

10 O.S. § 7700-101 & following
56 O.S. § 238.3B
OAC 340:25-1-1.2(b)(1)
OAC 340:25-5-176 & 176.1