How Your Children Benefit From Paternity Establishment

Establishing paternity is an important first step in obtaining child support. In addition to providing the basis for obtaining support from the non­custodial parent, establishing paternity gives a child born to unmarried parents the legal rights and privileges of a child born within a marriage. Those rights and privileges may include:

  • Support from both parents.
  • Legal documentation of who his or her parents are.
  • Access to family medical records. (Many diseases, illnesses, birth defects and other health problems are passed to children by their parents.)
  • Medical and life insurance coverage from either parent, if available.
  • Inheritance rights.
  • Social Security and veterans` benefits, if available.
  • Emotional benefits of knowing who both parents are.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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