Paternity rights

Sep 25, 17 Paternity rights

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If a married couple has a child, it is assumed that the husband is the child’s father. But when an unmarried couple has a child it may be necessary to establish the child’s paternity after the baby is born. Ascertaining the paternity will protect all parties involved and will help with establishing visitation rights, support, and inheritance. Parents under the law are legally responsible for their children, regardless if they are married or not. Naming the baby and the birth certificate – In the US a child can be given any first, middle and last name as per the parent’s The child does not have to take the father’s last name to be considered legitimate. Often a representative from the local health department will meet the mother in the hospital after the baby is born and fill out an application. The state will then use this information to issue a birth certificate. How to establish paternity – The easiest way to establish paternity is to name the father on the birth certificate. If the couple is not married and the father is not at the hospital, the mother cannot list him as the father on the birth certificate at the hospital. His name will have to be added to the birth certificate later. If the father has signed the document, then legally the father’s paternal rights are established. How to prepare a paternity statement – If the father is not present or has not signed the documents, a paternity statement is essential. Most states offer these forms and provide the father to sign these forms within a time limit after the...

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