There are many reasons to establish paternity when a child is born outside of marriage (and sometimes inside a marriage). When you and your opposite-sex spouse have a child together, the law presumes that the man is the biological father of the child. When there is no marriage, that is not true, and the “putative” father has no legal rights or responsibilities.
So if you break up, you have to establish paternity so that you have legal rights as to the child, like custody, visitation, the right to help make decisions, and issues of financial support.
We recommend establishing paternity even if the relationship is stable. Not because you think there is a question about paternity, but to establish legal rights from the beginning. As with any other legal contention, paternity involves a specific set of paperwork and a specific path through our legal system, but don’t worry — the experts at Law to Go are here to help. Come see us about proving paternity today!