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Paternity

Paternity/Parentage

 

First, if a man believes that he is the biological Father of a child, he should file with the Putative Father Registry.   https://www.putativefather.org  A Putative Father is defined as a man who may be the child's biological father, but who is not married to the child's mother on or before the date of the child's birth and has not established his paternity through legal proceedings.

Purposes of Registering with the Putative Father Registry

The biggest reason for a putative father to sign with the registry is to prevent a termination of parental rights.  If the Mother wishes to give up her rights to the child and the child is put up for adoption, the Putative Father Registry must be searched first, to make sure there is not a potential
father somewhere in the event that the Mother does not name the putative father.

Also, in the event that another man attempts to establish that he is the father of the child, registration with the putative father registry has to be reviewed to make sure another putative father is out there.

Therefore, registration preserves a putative father’s rights to a child, and one can register even prior to the birth of the child.

 

Soap bubbles in the foreground. In the background are twins, a boy and a girl of 7 months. Maternity

 

1.  By agreement through a signing a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity or documents through the Department of Human Services.

The key word here is VOLUNTARY.  If both the Mother and the Father believe that the proposed Father is the biological Father of the child, then by all means, sign the papers at the hospital.  If either party believes there is any question whatsoever that the proposed Father may not be the biological Father of the child, the parties should NOT sign the documents and should instead wait for the Attorney General’s office to file documents or file their own documents to have DNA tests taken.  Under no circumstances whatsoever, should a Father or a Mother sign these documents without really believing that the Father is the biological Father of the child.  It is very difficult, if not impossible, to change these documents.  Further, signing these documents knowing that they are inaccurate, subjects the Mother and/or Father to perjury, which is a felony.

2.  Court Order

A. Voluntary, as specified above, but agreed upon in court.

B.   Through DNA testing, consisting of testing cheek swabs.  The test costs about $650.00 for a Mother, Alleged Father and Child.  It costs more if we have 2 or more Alleged Fathers.

1) DNA does not definitively establish that a person is the Father of the child.

2) DNA results do rule out that a person is the Father of a child.

3) DNA results can state that a person is 99.999% or some similar number, of men are excluded as the father of the child.  Usually, this high number is enough for the court system to determine that a number this high is enough for the court to establish a person as the father of the child.

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