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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
The law on this differs by state. Where does your ex-girlfriend live?
You can file a Petition to Establish Paternity, asking a judge to find out whether you are the father of the child. She'll be ordered to present the child for a paternity test. If she doesn't, she's in contempt.
If the test shows that you're not the father, your case will be dismissed. If you are, you can use it to amend the birth certificate. The judge will also set up a parenting plan and child support at that time.
If you'd rather not go to court, the state Child Support Services can try to establish paternity for you. That might be more difficult if she won't cooperate.
You don't need a lawyer, but the state doesn't have free forms available online, so it might help to have one. You could also look for forms on www.legalzoom.com or www.uslegalforms.com.
The other option is to contact a local father's rights' organization to see if they can help.
You're welcome! You can definitely get a DNA test even though someone else is on the birth certificate if you have reason to believe you're the father. A birth certificate is a medical document, and it needs to be accurate for several reasons.
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