A child support order cannot be established for a child who is born to unmarried parents until:
  • The alleged father acknowledges paternity by signing the Affidavit of Parentage in the hospital, at the Child Support Agency, Vital Records, or at the Clerk of Court's Office.
  • Legal action is filed with the court when the alleged father does not voluntarily acknowledge paternity. A formal complaint is served on the alleged father. A court hearing is held, and the court makes a determination of paternity.
Genetic testing is recommended if there are any doubts about the paternity of a child. The alleged father may be tested to determine whether or not he is the biological father of the child. Genetic testing is highly accurate in determining the paternity of a child. A swab is taken from inside the cheek of the mother, alleged father and child, then sent to a laboratory for testing. The current cost of a genetic test conducted in the Wake County Child Support office, administered by LabCorp, is $28 per person tested.