Paternity establishment is the process of determining the legal father of a child. In most cases, when parents are married, paternity is automatically established. However, if the parents are not married when the child is born, paternity establishment is not automatic. In these cases, parents should start the establishment process as soon as possible for the benefit of the child.
The Declaration of Paternity legally establishes a parent-child relationship between the father and the child, without going to court. Unmarried parents who sign the Declaration of Paternity help their children gain the same rights and privileges of a child born within a marriage.
These rights include:
- Financial support
- Access to important family medical records
- Medical and life insurance coverage, if available
- Inheritance protection
- The emotional benefit of knowing who both parents are
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