Quick Overview of the Default Judgment of Paternity
Although there are various reasons as to why a potential father may fail to appear on the scheduled date in order to have a paternity check administered, one of the most common reasons why some men are believed to not appear is because they are denying paternity. They may be denying paternity for many reasons, and therefore, feel it unnecessary to have a paternity check.
One of the best ways that some of these men believe they should show that they are denying paternity is by failing to appear in court on the date that they are scheduled to receive the paternity check testing. Many have come to realize that this method of denying paternity rarely works in their favor. They find that due to their failure to appear in court, a default judgment has been entered against them.
This means that they must assume the responsibilities as that child’s father, even though there is no proof presented to the court that they ever tested positive for a paternity check.
Then there are the cases where the potential fathers are not denying paternity, but want to confirm the possibility of being a father through a paternity check. Unfortunately, even if they are not outright denying paternity and want to have a paternity check administered, a failure to appear in court on the scheduled date will have negative consequences.
Not only may they not be issued a legal paternity check, but there may also be an automatic default judgment issued in the case. Even though they may not have been denying paternity initially, they sometimes learn that whether or not they were denying paternity and whether or not they had wanted to receive a paternity check is immaterial to the legal matter at hand.
Oftentimes, in many of the cases where that male was not outright denying paternity, the man will offer evidence to the court to explain his failure to appear. It is then up to the court to either consider the defendant’s submission or maintain the original default judgment.