Paternity Affidavit
Under Louisiana law, a father of a child born outside of marriage is not responsible for child support payments until paternity has been established. Louisiana law allows paternity to be established by a court or by having the father sign an affidavit acknowledging that he is the father of the child.

Under State law, hospital personnel are required to provide the parents of children born outside of marriage the opportunity to sign an acknowledgment of paternity in the hospital at the time of the children's birth. If an alleged father refuses to sign an acknowledgment of paternity, Louisiana Department of Social Services attorneys or contract District Attorneys may file a paternity suit asking the court to determine paternity.