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Your name alone should NOT compel an order that you are the father nor demand a DNA test - many many people share the same name, particularly if yours is a common name (google it and find out how many results come up that are NOT yours). This is especially so if she states that you are NOT the father. Now, if you did have relations with her such that you arguably could be the father, keep in mind that she may easily change her mind and say, "OK, he's the dad." You see the real father is supposed to be paying support for this child, both morally and legally, and because right now, the mom being on welfare, the taxpayers (you and me) are getting stuck with the bill because dad isn't digging deep into his wallet, so we must. Welfare law demands that the State go after the father to recoup the money it is chucking out for his child, that he should have been paying all along.
Keep in mind also that the DNA test can protect you from having to pay for 18-21 years for a child that is not yours. Honestly, if it were me, I would take the test if I was confident I wasn't the dad. I'd much rather have my DNA in the system then pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to the state for the next 20 years. Besides, anyone who wants your DNA can probably get it - via the trash, a cup you used, etc. We are a very transparent society given our tech of the day.
Plus, if it is your child, wouldn't you want to know?
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