Paternity Law

Posted by admin on April 27th, 2006

Paternity laws are enforced to protect children. They ensure the full support of a child by both biological parents. A child has the right to know of his or her own roots. When paternity is established, the child can learn of other siblings and their family history.  Paternity is often referred to as the state of fatherhood. This is saying that the opportunity is there to find the child’s real father. Maternity can also come in to play in some cases. If the alleged person is proved to be a biological parent, through DNA testing, then that party is responsible for their child. Child support and custody are closely examined and decided in the best interest of the child. Paternity laws differ from state to state. There is one common goal between them though. They all want children to grow up in the best possible way. The states want children to know their biological parents if that is at all possible.

Paternity benefits the entire family. Voluntary paternity is the easiest way to establish paternity. It is a form of legal documentation that has the same credibility as one issued by the court. It does not need the court to get involved though. This affidavit can be obtained at the hospital once the baby is born. When the document is signed both names must appear on the birth certificate. This is also the time to give our newborn his or her father’s last name. Be completely sure that you are the father before signing. If there are any second thoughts, then a genetic test needs to be done.

With this form complete, child support can be ordered. Paternity is legally established. Legal custody and visitation are not. Agreements on both these issues can be made between parents. A verbal line of communication can start to be enforced. Handling these issues between each other can be easier on all parties involved. This will save both parents time and money. Both time and money can be used elsewhere and not be tied up with court system, if an agreement can not be reached, the courts will step in and settle all disputes. The court will decide what is in the best interest for the child. Paternity should be established at all costs. Knowing who the father is will help to ease the uncertainty you may encounter. It will help you to devise a plan for the future of your child.

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