When making an application for child support with the Department of Human Services (DHS), your Child Support Lawyers need to satisfy the Registrar that the person being assessed to pay the costs of the child is a parent of the child. This is often called “proof of parentage”. While parents may be biological parents, the term parent also includes adoptive parents, where the child has been born as a result of artificial conception procedures, or if the child was born as a result of a surrogacy.
The Registrar can presume paternity in the following situations:
- The child was born during the course of a marriage
- The person is recorded on the child’s birth certificate
- The person has signed a statutory declaration
- The person has adopted the child
- The person cohabitated with the child’s mother at any time during the period 44 weeks and 20 weeks before the child’s birth
- Where a Court order has determined parentage