Divorce courts assume that children who are born to a married woman are the biological children of her husband. If this is not the case, and the husband does not contest paternity early in the divorce proceedings, he may find himself locked into paying child support for another man’s children.

Conversely, if a man is being denied child custody or visitation rights because his ex-wife claims he is not the biological father, establishing paternity will allow him to seek court orders giving him access to his children.