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on Friday, January 25, 2013.

Most fathers become aware of a previously unknown paternity in a courtroom. Michael Lohan, the father of actress and one-time child star Lindsay Lohan, learned he had a daughter on national television.

The results of a DNA test were broadcast in Connecticut and nationwide that showed that Lohan fathered a child during an extramarital affair. Established paternity comes with parental rights and child support obligations, which reportedly Lohan has agreed to pay. The woman who gave birth to the girl 17 years ago said she and Lohan came to an out-of-court child support settlement.

The publicized paternity test did not seem to be a surprise. Michael Lohan was ordered to pay more than $316,000 in delinquent child support for the child in 2009. The teen’s mother said the judgment was filed recently and automatically in the state where Lohan now lives.

Lohan may have known he was the father of his mistress’s daughter, but publicly denied the biological connection until “The Trish Goddard Show” supplied proof.

The child support settlement will override the court order for arrears once the order is vacated. The girl’s mother has promised to wait until the end of this month before asking the family court to change the support order status. The decision to delay apparently surrounds the birth of another child.

Michael Lohan is divorced from Lindsay Lohan’s mother. He is engaged to a woman expected to give birth by the end of this month.

In Connecticut, the space for the father’s name on a child’s birth certificate remains blank unless unmarried parents sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity. Without both parents’ signatures, the mother or suspected biological father may pursue a court action to establish paternity.

Paternity is discovered or dismissed through court-ordered genetic testing. A court that has established paternity then notifies the state health department, which will adjust the birth certificate to include the legal father’s name.

Source: examiner.com, “Michael Lohan, Kristi Horn come to ‘love child’ support agreement,” Michael Santo, Jan. 13, 2013

Tags: child support, family law, paternity

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