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State, Department of Revenue ex rel. Chambers v. Travis

District Court of Appeal of Florida
971 So.2d 157 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2007)


Facts

Donneshia Chambers (plaintiff) and Terrell Travis (defendant) had a child. Two days after the child’s birth, Chambers and Travis signed a paternity affidavit acknowledging Travis as the biological father of the child. The affidavit was notarized. Nearly three years later, the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) (plaintiff) filed a petition in trial court on Chambers’s behalf, seeking a child-support order and other relief against Travis. Before Travis was obligated to pay child support, he wanted to be sure he was the biological father of the child. Consequently, Travis requested that DNA testing be performed prior to the entry of a support order. Over DOR’s objections, the trial court ordered DNA testing to determine paternity. DOR filed a motion to vacate the trial court’s order and was denied. DOR appealed.

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