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The importance of establishing paternity

If you are married and have a child with your wife, your paternity is usually established. You are automatically considered the father of the child. However, in cases where the parents are unmarried, you are protecting the best interests of the child to immediately begin the process of establishing paternity of the child; it is not an automatic assumption.

Children born to unmarried parents are sometimes at a disadvantage due to the fact that they may not have access to medical history, medical benefits, financial support and the emotional connection established from knowing who your parents are. When unmarried parents sign the Declaration of Paternity, it assists the child with receiving some of the same privileges and rights set as a child born from two people joined in legal marriage.

In an appropriately named plan called the Paternity Opportunity Program, or POP, California's Department of Child Support Services enables fathers to voluntarily establish paternity in hospitals, clinics, birthing facilities, prenatal clinics, local vital records offices, courts and county welfare offices.

Establishing paternity works both ways. Not only does it provide rights to a child they may not have otherwise had, it also allows the father's wishes to be considered when establishing custody and visitation rights. However, when a father is legally established, he can also be legally accountable for financial assistance regarding the child's upbringing.

If you are a father who wants to establish paternity or if you are a mother hoping to establish a legal father for your child, you may benefit from the resources and knowledge of a family law attorney in California.

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