Ga Child Support Services offers paternity tests at reduced cost

July 14, 2015

Establishing paternity is a vital step in a child receiving support from both parents.

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) is passionate about establishing paternity for children.  In an effort to assist the children of Georgia, DCSS would like to support mothers and fathers with establishing paternity through our reduced cost paternity tests.

“Fathers who are identified through paternity testing may have a higher likelihood of supporting their children and being part of their lives,” said Child Support Services Director Tanguler Gray. “Research shows that the establishment of paternity can provide a child with a more stable and fulfilling life.”

If you have an active child support case with DCSS and paternity has not yet been established and no court order exists, please visit your local Child Support Office for assistance. The custodian or the custodial parent of a child (ren) should bring the child with them to the local child support office to start the process for establishing paternity. 

There is no cost to establish paternity through DCSS except for the application for services fee and the cost of genetic testing. If the test results indicate the alleged father is the biological parent of the child, the father must pay for the cost of the test.  If test results indicate the alleged father is not the biological parent of the child, the biological mother must pay for the cost of the test if she is not receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or Medicaid for herself and her child or children.  Grandparents raising grandchildren and third-party custodians will not be required to pay for the cost of the test if the alleged father is found not to be the biological father.

As of July 1, 2015, it is mandatory for all new child support cases to establish paternity through DNA testing if paternity has not already been determined. After completing and submitting an application to receive child support services, establishing paternity is the first and necessary step to starting a child support case through the Georgia Division of Child Support Services.

For questions regarding paternity establishment through Georgia Division of Child Support Services, please call 1-844-MYGADHS or 1-844-694-2347.  To locate the DCSS office nearest you or to apply for child support services, please visit our website at www.dcss.dhs.georgia.gov.

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