UPA Law and Legal Definition

UPA is the abbreviation of Uniform Parentage Act. In 1973 the Uniform Law Commissioners promulgated the Uniform Parentage Act. When introduced, it led a revolution in the law of determination of parentage, paternity actions and child support. The Act was later revised in 2001 and amended in 2002. It revises the Uniform Parentage Act of 1973 and modernizes the law for determining the parents of children, and facilitates modern methods of testing for parentage. As the incidence of children born to unmarried parents are on the rise, parentage determinations must be improved for the enforcement of child support.

The Act has been adopted by Alabama, Delaware, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.