The law defines child paternity as the legal recognition of a man’s relationship as the biological parent of a child. Child paternity disputes are raised when there is doubt regarding if a specific man is the biological father of a child, or children. The request to prove or dispute paternity may be sought by either the man or the woman.
Determining the paternity of a child is often sought when during the course of a marriage or relationship, infidelity is suspected or discovered, or in the aftermath of a brief sexual encounter between the man and woman.
Determining or validating the paternity of a child is important because any issue regarding the upbringing and support of a child will be directly impacted by the result. Additionally, a paternity results will also relieve a man who is not the biological father from being held financially responsible for a child which is not their own.
In the event the child is born out of wedlock, determining paternity is the only way to legally establish a man as the biological father. In today's age of DNA, simply listing a mans name on the birth certificate is not legally binding for parental rights or support.
After the paternity of a child has been properly determined, all child related issues may be addressed with the biological father as they relate to the marriage, during the course of a divorce, separation, break-up, or out of wedlock parental responsibility.
Many of these issues involve:
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