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What is paternity and why is it important?
Establishing paternity is important so that the relationship between both parents and the child are established. In addition, a paternity action can establish both parents financial obligations to the child and ensure that your child has enough money to meet their needs. Paternity actions can also ensure you’re your child has access to Social Security benefits, insurance benefits, inheritance rights, veterans and other rights. Finally, establishing paternity is important so that your child may obtain a complete medical history from the families of both parents. This could include hereditary health problems.
How is paternity established without going to Court?
A father can acknowledge paternity when both parents sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity. The Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity must be notarized or witnessed and filed at the Bureau of Health Planning & Statistics Office of Vital Records. Most hospitals can facilitate this process. The parents can also obtain the Voluntary Acknowledgement form from the Bureau of Health Planning & Statistics Office of Vital Records. The father can sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity even if he is married to someone else.
What happens if we need to go to Court?
What if the Court orders a paternity test?
Why Should I Hire You for My Paternity Case?
A paternity action can be established by a qualified family law attorney. In addition, a family law attorney can help enforce a court order against a parent even if paternity was already decided. Your child has the right to expect regular and continued support from both parents. Do not wait to establish paternity or enforce a paternity order. When you wait, you take the chance things may change and you may not have an opportunity to assume responsibility for your child. Your child may grow up without the advantages and benefits that come from having both parents share in parental responsibilities. Give your child the best possible chance in life by establishing paternity as early as possible. Call us today at (702) 433-2889 or fill out our on-line form for more information.