Adjudication of Parentage

An adjudication of parentage refers to a court order (or a legally equivalent administrative order) that establishes a parent-child relationship between the adjudicated parent and a child. A judge or the Department of Family Services (HFS) may adjudicate parentage on the basis of DNA testing, or because of the relevant facts of the situation.

Parentage can be adjudicated even if one did NOT sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Parentage (VAP) for the child, or even if one is NOT the presumed parent of the child.