Paternity involves a number of factors, particularly responsibility. Without
formally declaring paternity, the mother of the child will be assuming
full financial and social care of the child, which she may not be able
to do on her own. Here are a few reasons establishing
paternity is important.
Any people who have a child together are responsible for that child by
law unless they give him or her up for adoption. Children are expensive;
they require food, shelter, clothes, education, and medical care until
they are of age. One parent is less able to completely care for a child,
particularly if he or she is single. Establishing paternity, therefore,
give the court a solid piece of evidence that connects the child and the
father. The father will then be equally financially responsible for the
life that he helped create.
Access to Medical Records
If the parents are still together but unmarried, paternity will place the
father’s name on the birth certificate. This will allow him to access
the relevant family medical records of his child without any further legal
Medical and Life Insurance Coverage
Men who wish to put their kids on their health insurance or life insurance
policies must be listed as their father before they can do so. Establishing
paternity makes this an easy process, as the father’s name will
then be on the birth certificate.
Unmarried fathers have no legal rights with regards to their children until
they complete a paternity acknowledgment process. Until then, they can’t
petition the court for
custody, visitation, or rights to participate in the child’s life. For example,
if the mother intends to move far away with the child, the father has
no legal recourse to prevent this unless he is listed as the biological father.
Apart from legal rights, establishing paternity is also in the child’s
wellbeing. Not only will it help build and solidify their identity, but
it will inform both mother and child of any potential genetic medical
problems that they may have to expect in the future. For example, if parents
are unsure of their child’s paternity, but one potential father
has Huntington’s disease, the child has a 50% of inheriting the
illness. They need to know for sure whether or not the child is at risk.
If one person is reluctant to establish paternity, you may need to take
legal action. Call our
experienced Orlando family law attorney today. He will use his trial-tested skills to represent you in negotiations
or in court.
Contact us at (407) 603-3460 or fill out our online form to schedule a case consultation today.