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How paternity is determined formally and voluntarily

On Behalf of | Sep 18, 2015 | Paternity

Proving paternity can be a big deal to some mothers. Even though she may not particularly like or enjoy the company of the child’s father, or want to carry on a relationship with them, they may still realize that it is important for the father to have a presence in their child’s life. For that reason, many mothers make the decision to prove paternity and get the father to be a part of his child’s life.

In some cases where the father is willing to be a part of the child’s life, he may willingly submit to a paternity test or sign an acknowledgment of paternity. There are, however, some men who may not be willing to take on the role of a father, which may lead to a different outcome than them signing an acknowledgment. Should a father refuse to sign the acknowledgment, there is a chance that the courts can step in and issue a paternity order, which will then make the man legally responsible for the child.

If a mother does not have a paternity order or an acknowledgment of paternity, then the person she believes to be the father is not required to take responsibility. This can create an issue because the child needs the father not only to contribute financially but to support them emotionally and mentally as well. This is why when a father is not willing to step up and properly care for his child, the mother of the child may choose to hire an attorney and take him to court.

If you would like to establish paternity and prove that the father of your child is, in fact, the biological father, you may want to contact an attorney. Your child deserves to have both parents in his or her life, and there’s a chance of that happening if paternity is proven. The battle may not be easy, but it will be worth it if your son or daughter will be able to build a relationship with his or her father after all is said and done.


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