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How does a father establish paternity?

Establishing paternity is something that is a very serious matter. This gives the father the right to be a part of the child's life. It also sets specific duties on the father. If a man wants to establish paternity, he should make sure that he knows the process and the effects of doing this.

What are some ways of establishing paternity?

If you and the child's mother are married, that will be the manner in which you establish paternity. Typically, the husband of a married woman will be listed as the father on the child's birth certificate. If you weren't married, you can sign an affidavit that acknowledges paternity or you can take a DNA test to establish paternity.

What does paternity do?

Paternity means that the father can see the child and have the rights of a father. It also means that he will have to provide support for the child if he is the non-custodial parent. The court can order the child support, and other factors like having to carry insurance on the child, or the parents might be able to work out an agreement before heading to trial. If the parents work out an agreement, it must meet the requirements for child support.

If you are facing a paternity issue and have any questions about what you should do, you must get those answered quickly so that you can decide how to move forward. Paternity is a big responsibility that can have very rewarding results, but you should be sure that you understand everything regarding your case.

Source: FindLaw, "Chronology: Establishing Paternity," accessed Dec. 29, 2016

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