In South Dakota, how is paternity established?

There are four ways to establish paternity in South Dakota:


1.  Both parents can voluntarily sign a paternity affidavit at the hospital when the child is born.

2.  The father can voluntarily sign legal papers establishing paternity.

3.  Genetic testing can be used to establish paternity.

4.  Circuit courts can establish paternity.

Brooke Swier Schloss
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