There are several ways to establish paternity in California. The court may accept a stipulation of parentage from the parties. Parentage can also be established through a voluntary declaration of paternity, which is commonly signed at the hospital when the child is born. There are other factors that are considered when a court is determining parentage. Most factors are not determinative­—meaning they do not establish parentage on their own. Some factors that a court may evaluate include biological genetic testing, marital status, whether an individual functions “in every way” as the child’s parent, and more.

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