What is Paternity?

Paternity is the legal and social acknowledgement of the parental relationship between a child and his or her father.

A child born during the course of a relationship is expected to be the offspring of the man in the relationship. A paternity test provides genetic evidence that substantiates this expectation. A paternity test can exclude a man who is not the biological father. A paternity test can also show the likelihood of paternity if a man is not excluded.

Why Investigating Paternity May Be Necessary

The relationship between mother and child is readily apparent. There are rarely any challenges regarding the identity of the mother. However, the identity of the father can be called into question. If a woman has sexual relations with multiple men around the time of conception, only a paternity test can prove the identity of the father.

For men, proving paternity allows him to confirm his position of being the child’s father. This confirmation allows him to engage his child as an active parent and provide financial and emotional support.

For women, proving paternity may legally establish the identity of the father. This finding may make him responsible for fulfilling his financial and support obligations to his child.

Why You Should Contact An Attorney Regarding Paternity

Paternity issues usually encompass a wide range of emotions. Legal issues that involve your children are extremely important to parents.  Regardless of the circumstances of your paternity issues, you should contact the Law Group of Kemp, Ruge & Green to protect your legal rights as a parent.

If you are even thinking about making a life-changing decision regarding your domestic situation, please consult with a family law attorney.