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Establishing paternity can benefit you, your child and the mother

When you are fighting to see your child, you might find that you have to establish paternity. This can be done in several ways, but there are significant effects of the establishment no matter how it occurs. If you are fighting for your rights as a father, you should know that your desire to be legally acknowledged comes with some important benefits to you and your child.

Once you establish that you are the child's father, you will be able to seek visitation and other child custody rights. This means that you will be able to take steps to be a part of your child's life. It also means that you would have all of the responsibilities of a father.

For your child, it means knowing that you are his or her father. This means that if a medical history is needed, you will be there to answer questions. It means knowing that the child has your support. It also means that there is a possibility of knowing the family members on your side.

Even your child's mother could benefit from paternity being established. She could possibly get child support. If you are having visitation with your child, she would get a break from having to care for the child.

If you are ready to fight for your child, you should learn about the process of establishing paternity. This could help you to understand what you are going to have to do to get the rights that you want. It could also help you to learn about the obligations that you will have.

Source: FindLaw, "Legal Significance of Paternity," accessed Dec. 30, 2016

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