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Is the Child Yours? Steps to Establishing Paternity

In Child Custody by Elizabeth Stephenson

Fatherhood is a wonderful life experience and also a big responsibility. Fatherhood also comes with legal rights and important duties. These legal rights include the rights of custody, visitation, and access, so you have the ability to know the child, have a real relationship with the child, and help in making important decisions regarding the child’s upbringing. The most focused-upon duty that a father has is that of child support. While no one can disagree that fathers should have the right to visit with their children and bear financial responsibility for them, courts need to be sure that a man is a child’s father before allowing access and ordering many years of child support payments. This is why it is important to establish paternity. In order to exercise rights as …