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Establishing Your Child’s Paternity

In Child Custody, Child Support, Parenting by Elizabeth Stephenson

A determination of paternity is incredibly important under the laws of North Carolina as without such a finding: (1) a father has no legal rights to visit or access the child; (2) a mother has no ability to obtain child support orders; and (3) the child does not have an automatic right to inherit from the father. This is because absent a paternity finding or presumption, a child has no legal father. Voluntarily Establishing Paternity Paternity can be established in several ways. The first is the presumption of paternity that occurs when a child is born to married parents. In this scenario, it is mandatory that the child’s father be named on the child’s birth certificate and that the child be given the father’s last name unless otherwise agreed by …