You and your significant other have had a child, you’re not married, and you need to establish the parentage of your child. Paternity is the legal process that identifies the father of a child. Any dispute as to whether father is the biological father of the minor child can be settled easily with a DNA paternity test.
For a man to be recognized as the father of a child, he must either sign the Voluntary Declaration of Paternity form provided by the hospital where the child is born and/or file a Petition to Establish a Parental Relationship with the Court and have the Court determine that he is the biological father of the child.
There are many reasons that it is important to establish this parental relationship. Mother may want to establish this relationship to obtain financial support for the child. Father may want to establish this relationship to have a parent/child relationship with the child. The Child may want to establish this relationship to receive financial support, medical and insurance benefits, inheritance, and more importantly the right to form a parental relationship with his father and his father’s family members.