2011 California Code
Family Code
DIVISION 12. PARENT AND CHILD RELATIONSHIP [7500 - 7961]
ARTICLE 1.5. Setting Aside or Vacating Judgment of Paternity
Section 7648


CA Fam Code § 7648 (through 2012 Leg Sess) What's This?

If the court finds that the conclusions of all of the experts, based upon the results of genetic tests performed pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 7550) of Part 2, indicate that the previously established father is not the biological father of the child, the court may, nevertheless, deny the motion if it determines that denial of the motion is in the best interest of the child, after consideration of the following factors:

(a) The age of the child.

(b) The length of time since the entry of the judgment establishing paternity.

(c) The nature, duration, and quality of any relationship between the previously established father and the child, including the duration and frequency of any time periods during which the child and the previously established father resided in the same household or enjoyed a parent-child relationship.

(d) The request of the previously established father that the parent-child relationship continue.

(e) Notice by the biological father of the child that he does not oppose preservation of the relationship between the previously established father and the child.

(f) The benefit or detriment to the child in establishing the biological parentage of the child.

(g) Whether the conduct of the previously established father has impaired the ability to ascertain the identity of, or get support from, the biological father.

(h) Additional factors deemed by the court to be relevant to its determination of the best interest of the child.

(Added by Stats. 2004, Ch. 849, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2005.)

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