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If you would like to formally establish paternity, you should begin by asking the father of your child to voluntarily acknowledge paternity. In doing so, he agrees to accept responsibility for the child and pay child support until the child reaches the age of majority. The birth father can voluntarily acknowledge paternity in two way. What Is Paternity Establishment?
Paternity means fatherhood. Establishing paternity is the process for determining the legal father of the child. Why Should I Establish Paternity? Your child receives the benefits that come from having two legal parents, including: The father’s name on the child’s birth certificate. The best way to establish the father’s paternity is by naming him on the baby’s birth certificate.
Under U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations, all states must offer unwed parents an opportunity to establish paternity by voluntarily signing an acknowledgment of paternity, either at the hospital or at a later time. Paternity is the legal establishment of the identity of a child’s father.
Contrary to common belief, when a man’s name is indicated on a child’s birth certificate as the father, this doesn’t establish paternity. In fact, a mother may list. Paternity means legal fatherhood. Paternity is automatically established if the parents are married when the child is born.
The husband is the child’s legal father. If the parents aren’t married when the child is born, paternity needs to be established. If you don’t establish paternity, your child doesn’t have a legal father.
When both unmarried parents sign a declaration of parentage or paternity, it means they are the legal parents of the child. Signing a declaration of parentage or paternity is voluntary. The parents can sign a declaration at the hospital when the child is born.
If the parents sign at the hospital, both parents’ names will go on the child’s birth certificate, and the birth mother does not need to. Paternity Paternity is legal fatherhood—and it’s one of the most important steps in the child support process. Establishing paternity will benefit the child, the father and the entire family.
Remember: For unmarried parents, the biological father does not have legal rights to his child until paternity is established. Establishing paternity also gives the father certain legal rights and responsibilities related to the child. It allows fathers to seek custody or visitation for their children through the courts. It also makes the father responsible to provide financial and medical support to the child, just as the law requires mother to do.
Establishing paternity provides the child a greater likelihood of having access to this information. In addition, establishing paternity is the first step in making plans to provide the financial support a child needs. With legal paternity established, the child will have access to: Social Security dependent or survivor benefits.
The law requires both parents to support their child. Establishing paternity is the first step in making plans to provide the financial support your child will need in a way that is fair to both parents. Establishing paternity can make it possible to collect support later, even if the father cannot or will not pay support now.
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