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Why is establishing paternity important?

On Behalf of | Dec 29, 2020 | Divorce

There are plenty of reasons why a person might want paternity, just as there are legal reasons to establish paternity. The process of proving paternity aside, there are dozens of reasons why a man or woman may seek a DNA test to establish paternity.

Some of the core reasons why paternity matters so much comes down to the child’s right to know where they come from. A child who knows their father will also likely have access to medical records and have a stronger sense of self. Children who have legally established fathers also obtain legal benefits such as the right to benefit from their fathers or to obtain family medical records.

Why is paternity important for men?

Establishing paternity is normally important for men because they may not be certain that a child is theirs. To be certain, and to take on a role with 100% conviction, they may want to have the proof that a child is theirs. Once they do have proof, establishing paternity becomes essential so that they can have visitation and custody rights as well.

Is a DNA test essential for establishing paternity?

Not necessarily. A man can agree to establish paternity voluntarily. However, it’s usually a good idea to get a DNA test unless you’re 100% certain of a child’s parentage. If you are, then there is no issue with signing an acknowledgement of paternity to establish paternity at any point from the child’s birth to the age of 18.

Your attorney can help you look into the steps you need to take to establish paternity if that’s something you’re looking to do.