Paternity establishment

Becoming a parent is a life-changing experience full of joy and new responsibilities. One of the first steps for new parents is making sure legal paternity is officially established for the child.

Establishing the child’s legal father provides important rights and protections for both father and child going forward. In this post, we’ll look at the most common ways paternity can be legally established, including voluntary acknowledgment and paternity testing.

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Voluntary Acknowledgment of paternity

Why is it important to establish paternity?

The importance of establishing paternity allows the child to know where he or she comes from. It helps the child to better understand themselves. 

It also allows the child to receive financial support from both their father and mother. In addition, if any medical issues occur and both parents are in the child’s life it may provide an opportunity to save the child.

Can a paternity test be performed to establish paternity?

Yes. There are a few situations where legal paternity testing is used for paternity establishment. One is when both the alleged biological father and the mother of the child are in agreement that a paternity test is needed to prove paternity. 

Once the results are completed. A copy of your results can be used for evidence submission in Family Court. It should be noted that this option is only available to unmarried parents. When couples are married and a child is conceived. The husband is automatically deemed the legal father of the child.

If you are in need of DNA testing services to establish the paternity of your child, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 888-204-0583  for more information.

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Do I need a lawyer to file a paternity petition with a Judge?

No. We always recommend that you seek a consultation with a lawyer in your state to ensure that you understand your state’s paternity laws.


In conclusion, establishing paternity is pivotal for a child’s development. The approach taken during this process can significantly influence a child’s emotional well-being and financial security. It is crucial for unmarried individuals to understand the procedures of paternity establishment to determine the most appropriate method for their circumstances.

For a comprehensive understanding of your state’s paternity laws, it is advisable to consult a legal professional. Should you require legal paternity testing services, please contact our office at 888-204-0583 to begin the process.