Category Archives: Paternity

Models of Blended Families

With more than 30 million children living with a stepparent, blended families now become one of the most common family structures. Unlike the easily solved problems seen on television sitcoms, blended families grapple with problems that can pull them down. … Continue reading

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Establishing Paternity

The father’s paternity – that is “the state of being a father” – should be established as soon as possible after the baby is born. Paternity protects the mother, the child, and the father, because it reduces the possibility that … Continue reading

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Men Raising Other Men’s Children

According to a study from Liverpool John Moores University in the United Kingdom, up to 1 in 25 fathers is unknowingly raising another man’s child. The research, reported in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, is drawn from studies … Continue reading

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Early Testing

With more than half of births to women under 30 now out of wedlock, it is not uncommon for the expectant mother to ask, “Who is the father?” Now blood tests can determine paternity as early as the eighth or … Continue reading

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Petition for Paternity

A petition for paternity is an appeal for a family law court to identify a child’s biological father. Either parent may file the petition – the mother to establish child support guidelines, or the father to gain visitation rights or … Continue reading

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The Importance of Paternity

Unwed mothers must establish paternity to take the father to court for child support. Paternity can be established based on a paternity test or with a signed declaration claiming responsibility as the biological parent. An unwed mother has the legal … Continue reading

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Preventing an Infant from Being Adopted Without Consent

An unwed father must be proactive to prevent the involuntary adoption of his child because he has no absolute right to veto an adoption. In other words, the father must take action to preserve his right to veto an adoption. … Continue reading

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A Father’s Rights When a Stepfather Adopts His Child

A birth father must consent to the adoption of his child by a stepfather. When the adoption happens, the natural father no longer has any rights to the child, but he can prevent the adoption by objecting. A birth father … Continue reading

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Legal Issues in Paternity Testing and Paternity Fraud

Paternity fraud happens when a mother identifies a man as the biological father of her child when she knows or suspects that he is not. When paternity is in dispute, the family court can order the putative father in a … Continue reading

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Establishing a Father’s Rights

In the case of unwed parenthood, the purported father can acknowledge his paternity by signing a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity. Once this is accomplished in writing, the court considers it as conclusive evidence establishing paternity and uses this affirmation as … Continue reading

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