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Voluntarily assumed paternity

As most of us know, establishing paternity means legally identifying a child's father. Regardless of how paternity is established, the results carry significant legal importance for the mother, the father and the child. Paternity can be recognized by either a voluntary assumption or involuntary assumption. If paternity is not being contested, there are several different ways paternity can be voluntarily established. Understanding the circumstances in which paternity is voluntarily assumed may help parents have a better understanding of their parental rights and obligations.

Marriage is one of the most obvious methods to the voluntary assumption of paternity. If a child is born to parents during the marriage, or if a child is born to parents before them getting married, paternity is automatically assumed to belong to the husband. Likewise, if a father attempts to marry the child's mother, or remains unmarried but signs a legal acknowledgment of paternity, it is also said to be voluntarily established.

If the father assumes financial responsibility for a child, opens his home to a child or builds a relationship with the child without being married to the child's mother, a case can be made that he is voluntarily assuming paternity.

Establishing paternity is an important step in the path to exercise parental rights. Anytime a father voluntarily establishes paternity, he also gains visitation and custody rights to the child. Paternity establishment is also important for the mother to receive financial help by way of child support. After paternity is established, the child can receive support, aid and shelter from their father and can begin to build a meaningful and valuable relationship. Parents looking to establish paternity, exercise parental rights and receive child support may benefit by speaking to a family law attorney.

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