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Volunteer Attorneys Help Airman Revoke Paternity Acknowledgement After He Learned of Girlfriend’s Affair That Led to Child’s Birth

March 30, 2020

An Airman’s girlfriend became pregnant, and he was present for the birth of the child and signed an acknowledgement of paternity. However, the Airman later became suspicious that he was not the father of the child. After several months of suspicion, he took it upon himself get a DNA test. The paternity test confirmed what he feared; that he was not the father of the child. He confronted his girlfriend, who confirmed that she had an affair and the Airman was not the father. Heartbroken and concerned about his financial and other obligations to this child, he visited a legal assistance office, who then referred him to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project.

The Project was able to connect the Airman with a team of experienced attorneys who quickly took action in court. The volunteer attorneys were able to procure an order revoking the Acknowledgment of Paternity the Airman signed the day of the child’s birth. The child’s biological father was thrilled to hear the news that he was the child’s father, and intends to provide support and participate in the child’s life. The Airman is now free to move on without any financial obligation to a child that is not his own.

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