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I heard that in order to make a paternity test in Germany, the consent of both spouses is needed. If the husband has doubts about whether he is the father of a child born in wedlock, can he insist on such a test in order to avoid paying child support in the event of a divorce?

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Yes, a father can contest paternity

A man married to the mother at the time of birth is legally the father. He has 2 years to contest this in court. Without going into details, the court has the power to order a paternity test if necessary.

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  • The important part is that he has to go through court. He can't just send a sample to a lab for testing without consent of the mother. If the child is not a minor, they would also have to agree to a paternity test that hasn't been mandated by court. – Roland Nov 24 '20 at 14:54

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