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Can fatherhood be established by legal action?

Verified 18 September 2020 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), Ministry of Justice

Yes, where the paternity of a child is not established, legal action may be taken to ascertain the identity of the father.

In all cases, the applicant must provide proof of the relationship.

Action in search of paternity allows a child to establish a bond of filiation with the one he thinks is his father.

The restoration of presumption of paternity is used to establish the paternity of the mother's husband.


action for the purpose of subsidy does not establish paternity, but only to obtain a food contribution.