When a person is the biological father of a child, it means that the child is made up of half of their DNA. While a person’s biological paternity can never be changed or revoked, a person’s legal paternity can. Legal paternity is the legal establishment of the identity of a child’s father.
If you are a father, you may have had legal paternity since your child was born. This will likely be the case if you were named on your child’s birth certificate or if you were married to the child’s mother when the baby was born. If you are separated from the child’s other parent, you may not have legal paternity, which could lead to some issues if you try to have a relationship with your child.
How will I be affected as a father if I don’t have legal paternity?
If you don’t have legal paternity of your child, you may not be able to gain custody rights. As a result, your relationship with your child will be severely affected. The longer that you wait to build a bond with your child, the more time they’ll spend without their father in their life. This is why it’s so important to take early action when seeking to establish legal paternity.
How can I successfully establish paternity?
If you were not established as the father when your child was born, the first thing you can do is ask the mother to voluntarily acknowledge that you are the father. If she is not willing to do this, you should then consider asking the courts to permit you to undergo DNA testing. This will make it possible to scientifically establish whether you are the biological father of the child.
What happens when I’m legally the father?
When you have legal paternity of your child, you’ll be able to file for custody and visitation rights. It’s likely that you’ll be successful in this pursuit as long as there is no evidence to show that you may pose a risk to your child. You should also note that you may need to pay child support when you are legally established as the father.
If you want to have a relationship with your child but you don’t yet have paternity, you should prioritize taking this step.